Amanda Lipp first had the idea while she was a patient at a psychiatric hospital during her freshman year of college. A nurse gave her a box of crayons and she began art therapy. After Amanda was discharged, she began auctioning her crayon art raising thousands of dollars for suicide prevention programs. She wondered, “How can I scale this concept digitally?” The Giving Gallery was born. A free platform where artists can connect and and sell their art for a higher purpose.
Amanda is an artist and social entrepreneur. Amanda serves on Google’s Mental Health Advisory Panel, and is a member of the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Committee (ISMICC) created by Congress to advise on federal mental health policy. Amanda previously served over 10 years at the state and national level of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She graduated from the University of California, Davis.
Julia is a UCLA undergraduate student pursuing a major in psychobiology and planning to graduate in Fall of 2020. She plans to pursue a Ph.D in Behavioral Neuroscience after graduation. She is interested in the neural pathways underlying neuropsychiatric disorders, particularly mood disorders, as well as studying drug development to treat them.
Diana Chao is a Princeton undergraduate student and first-generation Chinese-American immigrant from southern California. Diana founded Letters to Strangers (L2S) when she was a sophomore in high school after bipolar disorder nearly ended her life. Today, L2S is the largest global youth-for-youth mental health nonprofit, impacting over 35,000 people on six continents.
After spending a year working in New York and exposed to marketing for nonprofit brands and startups, Linda continues to help businesses to connect heart-beating people they’re trying to help and communicate their understanding back to them. Linda has a huge passion for the art of visual storytelling, whether that be through drawing, painting, sculptures, performance arts, illustrations, photographs, or motion pictures.