Andrew Sperling

Director of Federal Legislative Advocacy

Andrew Sperling
Director of Federal Legislative Advocacy
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Since September 1996

NAMI is the largest national consumer and family organization representing people with serious brain disorders such as schizophrenia, major depression and bipolar disorder.  With over 210,000 members and 1,200 affiliates, NAMI is engaged in advocacy, research and public education aimed at improving the lives of people with severe mental illnesses through access to treatment, employment and decent, safe and affordable housing.  Mr. Sperling directs NAMI’s legislative advocacy program in Congress and before federal agencies.  Since 1994, he has also served as a Co-Chair of the Consortium for Citizens With Disabilities (CCD) Housing Task Force – a coalition of national disability advocacy and provider organizations dedicated to promoting policies and funding to increase access to affordable housing opportunities for non-elderly adults with severe disabilities.

June 1994 -- September 1996
Deputy Director of Government Relations, National Community Mental Healthcare Council

June 1990 – June 1994
Legislative Assistant U.S. Representative Dick Swett (D-NH)

J.D. Franklin Pierce Law Center, 1992
M.A. George Washington University, 1987
B.A. Tulane University, 1983
Native of Birmingham, Alabama