John DeNatale - NAMI-NYC

John DeNatale is Assistant Dean, Communications and Public Affairs at Cardozo School of Law. He is a communications and media specialist with over 20 years experience in leadership positions in journalism, at national media organizations, and in higher education. Prior to Cardozo, he was Executive Producer & Director of Local Programming at WNET, New York City’s PBS station. He has been awarded several New York Emmys. He is also a 10-time marathon finisher in New York City, Philadelphia, and Paris, and ran on the first NAMI-NYC team for the New York City Half Marathon this past year. He received his BA from Columbia University and lives with his family in Brooklyn. He has been a volunteer facilitator of NAMI-NYC’s Family-to-Family course since 2011. Seeing first-hand how family members suffer with their loved ones in the struggle to manage mental illness has been a transformative experience for John, who hopes he will be able to use his NAMI learning experience to increase support and understanding for those struggling with these burdens. “Helping individuals with mental illness maintain their dignity, and improving the spirit of family supporters are two of the things that make NAMI-NYC a treasure.”