Raymond Schwartz is a highly skilled nonprofit executive and manager with a deep knowledge of health care policy and over 35 years of experience in the mental health field. For over 20 years, first as associate executive director and then as executive director, Raymond guided Venture House, an accredited and respected New York City Clubhouse, to successfully support people with a serious mental illness to live in their community at the same time meeting the challenges of a changing health care financing environment.
Raymond has been actively engaged in public policy analysis and advocacy. His efforts reflect a belief that participating in mental health policy, financing, and planning discussions is essential for ensuring that that mental health services meet the needs of consumers, their families and friends and are accessible and adequately funded. For Raymond, “NAMI-NYC is uniquely positioned to support families where a mental illness challenges all the members of the family to develop a path to recover from the effects of the illness”
A faculty member for Clubhouse International, Raymond has conducted accreditation visits to Clubhouses in and outside of the United States. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Coalition of Behavioral Health Care Agencies and the NY State Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS). He holds a certificate in Non Profit Management from Columbia University School of Business and a Masters Degree in Cultural Anthropology from New York University.