NAMI Seattle is the only organization in the Seattle area working specifically to fill the gaps in our local mental health system through education, referrals, and support.
We offer classes and support groups at no cost to those who need them, connecting people with shared experiences and providing guidance on how to navigate an increasingly insufficient and complex mental health system. We are who people call when a mental health issue has left them feeling totally alone, when one more "Press 5" phone tree might just make them give up and lose hope.
To address the unmet mental health needs within our community through support, referral, education, and outreach.
A world where all those impacted by mental illness know they are not alone, and are empowered to live a fulfilling life.
NAMI Seattle has been part of the Seattle community since 1978. Originally established as "Washington Advocates for the Mentally Ill," we worked with other concerned groups across the country to found a national advocacy and support organization, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI Seattle is proud to act as Seattle's voice on mental illness.
Are you a NAMI Seattle member? We have an annual meeting every fall, usually in November, where members vote in our candidates to join the Board of Directors.
Ashley Fontaine, MSW
Ashley assumed the role of Executive Director in 2014. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Gonzaga University, and a Master’s in Social Work from University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work. Ashley is an AmeriCorps*VISTA alum, and through two years of national service developed her commitment to economic and social justice issues. Prior to becoming the Executive Director at NAMI Seattle, she was the Education Programs Manager at NAMI Chicago and a CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) instructor for the Chicago Police Department. Ashley is excited to be back home in the Pacific Northwest, and enjoys photography and hiking, especially in the Olympics.
Katie Mahoney, MSSW
Katie started as NAMI Seattle’s Program Coordinator in November 2015. She holds her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and, after ten years in Texas, is excited to be back in a part of the country where she gets to wear a jacket more than twice a year. Katie’s previous nonprofit work includes program management, outreach, and direct client services in such areas as women’s health, HIV, and community martial arts and self-defense. Working with volunteers and developing community-based programs has always been Katie’s favorite part of her job, and she feels extremely lucky to have the opportunity to continue doing so at NAMI.
Development & Operations Manager
Erica comes to NAMI with over 18 years of non-profit experience ranging from youth, senior citizens, community and health backgrounds that began after her military service in the United States Marine Corps. She holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Campbell University, a master's degree in Management and Leadership from Western Governor’s University and is finishing her second master's degree in Business Administration. Erica is excited about raising mental health awareness and bringing NAMI Seattle to the next level of growth and exposure. She enjoys the spending time with her family, cooking, being outdoors and living life. Erica and her husband, Matthew, have four children and two grandchildren.