New Executive Director for NAMI Illinois

Andrew Wade has been named Executive Director for NAMI Illinois.  Andy is an experienced strategy consultant specializing in not-for-profit organizational development, change leadership, and strategic planning. He has served in leadership roles at BUILD, Inc., Metropolitan Family Services, Ounce of Prevention Fund, and the Chicago School Leadership Cooperative, and brings over 20 years of issue advocacy, public awareness experience that includes behavioral health, violence prevention, education, family services, and youth development. He is a resident of Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood, father of three, and a 5th generation Illinoisan.

In a planned transition, Andy is succeeding John Mayes, who, as Interim Executive Director, helped NAMI Illinois with capacity building following the re-establishment of our State of Illinois Grant.  John has accepted a role at the Illinois Department of Human Services, and we thank him for his service.

Andy will focus on strengthening NAMI within Illinois.  Andy’s email address can be contacted at  or 217-522-1403.