As the new executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Massachusetts (NAMI Massachusetts), Dr. Myisha Rodrigues ’21 will bring her combined strengths as a licensed counselor and organizational development professional during a critical time in the field of mental health.
“My time at Lesley helped crystalize my understanding of community healing, systems, and policy through a social justice and trauma informed lens,” says Rodrigues, who holds a PhD in Counseling and Psychology, with a concentration in Transformative Leadership, Education, and Applied Research from Lesley.
Rodrigues is the first Black executive director at NAMI Massachusetts, a nonprofit that focuses on advocacy, education and support in the mental health sphere.
“As a Black, woman practitioner, leader, and scholar, I have been positioned to notice, observe, and analyze oppressive, marginalizing, and privileged behavior,” she says. “I am ready to bring my knowledge, leadership, and experience for supporting historically marginalized communities to the forefront of our work.”
In particular, she says NAMI Massachusetts is poised to help both individuals and organizations when they need it most.