Belinda Lyons-Newman, principal, is a senior nonprofit professional with nearly two decades of experience in all aspects of organizational planning, fund development, program development and nonprofit management. Her experience includes nine years as executive director of the Mental Health Association (MHA), a 60 year-old health advocacy nonprofit. During her time at MHA Belinda launched nationally-recognized programs and led a successful operational and financial turnaround overseeing steady expansion of the organization’s programs and budget. She led the San Francisco campaign and served on the statewide campaign for California Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act, which was passed by California voters in 2004. The Act continues to bring over one billion new dollars each year for mental health care across California.
Belinda has served on and led nonprofit and government boards and committees including as Commissioner and Chair of the City of Berkeley Homeless Commission, member of the Chinatown Community Development Center Board of Directors, and member of the San Francisco Mayor’s Behavioral Health Innovations Task Force. She has received awards for her leadership including the 2006 National Mental Health Association Innovation in Programming Award and a Public Health Hero Award by the City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Health in 2010. Belinda completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies from McGill University in Canada and her MBA in nonprofit management from the University of California at Berkeley Haas School of Business.