Matt Kudish Joins NAMI-NYC Metro as New Executive Director

Brings Nearly 20 Years of Experience as Advocate, Educator, and Speaker

Matt Kudish Joins NAMI-NYC Metro as New Executive DirectorNEW YORK – August 21, 2017 – The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC Metro) today announced that Matt Kudish, MPA, LMSW has become Executive Director. Matt is a respected speaker and educator, and has worked with some of New York City’s most vulnerable populations. At NAMI-NYC Metro, he will focus on expanding their reach to serve more New Yorkers living with mental illness and their families, through innovative programming and partnerships with community-focused organizations.

“We are thrilled to welcome Matt to the NAMI-NYC team,” shared Nathan Romano, President of the NAMI-NYC Metro Board of Trustees, adding, “Matt is a passionate advocate for New Yorkers, and brings a wealth of experience in both the healthcare and social work sectors. His tremendous leadership will help NAMI-NYC Metro continue to serve New Yorkers affected by mental illness with the highest quality services, information, and resources available.”

“I am honored to join a stellar organization with a strong track record of improving the lives of New Yorkers living with mental illness and their families,” said Matt Kudish. “I look forward to engaging our many stakeholders to reduce stigma around mental illness and help those impacted enhance their ability to successfully cope with the myriad challenges they face.”

Matt most recently served as Senior Vice President of Caregiver Services at CaringKind – The Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving. He received his Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University and his Master’s in Public Administration from New York University. He was selected as a Fellow in the inaugural Strell Fellowship in Executive Leadership at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, and holds Post Master’s Certificates in Non-Profit Executive Leadership and Clinical Supervision from New York University’s School of Social Work.

About NAMI-NYC Metro:

As the largest affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI-NYC Metro is a leading advocacy, resource, and service nonprofit whose work is recognized as setting the standard for excellence in mental health services in New York City. With a mission to improve the quality of life for people who have a mental illness, and for their families, through support, education, and advocacy, NAMI-NYC Metro has continued to steadily increase its service capacity, while remaining at the forefront of innovative, scalable, and evidence-based mental health programs. For more information, please visit