The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC)’s Executive Director Matt Kudish is a Crain’s 2022 Notable LGBTQ Leader.
“I’m honored to be recognized as a Crain’s Notable LGBTQ Leader. Throughout my career, I’ve been proud to bring my full self to the workplace and ensure that the LGBTQ community is seen and heard,” Kudish shared.
At NAMI-NYC, Matt has been integral to the launch of LGBTQ-specific programs, including creating the organization’s first LGBTQ Peer-to-Peer program and LGBTQ support group, for–and led by–LGBTQ individuals living with mental illness. NAMI-NYC has been helping individuals affected by mental illness and their families for 40 years.
Under Matt’s leadership, NAMI-NYC has doubled its budget, staff, and impact, touching the lives of 30,000 New Yorkers annually. To accommodate NAMI-NYC’s growth, the organization recently announced its move to 307 W. 38th St., nearly tripling its space for expanding programs and resuming in person programs.
Crain’s Notable LGBTQ Leaders are top executives who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer and are recognized for making significant contributions to advancing equality within the workplace and/or within the New York area. At Park Slope Geriatric Day Center, Matt led an LGBTQ caregiver project for LGBTQ caregivers of older adults, which continued during his time at CaringKind, supporting same sex caregivers of individuals living with dementia.
To learn more about NAMI-NYC’s LGBTQ support group and other programs, visit www.naminyc.org.