Mohini Venkatesh is the Vice President of Practice Improvement at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. A passionate advocate for systems-level change, Ms. Venkatesh leads some of the industry’s strongest practice improvement and leadership programs designed to transform clinical and business strategies to meet ever-changing needs, including the Executive Leadership Program, Advancing Standards of Care for People with Bipolar Disorder, and the National Council’s scope for SAMHSA’s BHbusiness Initiative. As a national policy expert, Ms. Venkatesh conducts legislative analysis on the most pressing issues, including health reform, and offers analytic and advocacy advice to National Council members and state and regional associations across the country. Ms. Venkatesh particularly champions mid-level and rising-star leaders as the future of behavioral health, and is the catalyst behind national programs such as the Middle Management Academy, Young Leaders Program, and Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program.
Prior to joining the Council, Ms. Venkatesh worked in the field in a hospital-based psychiatric unit, several social service non-profit organizations, and a state association advocating for community behavioral services. Ms. Venkatesh is the board vice-chair for a community behavioral health organization in Washington, D.C. and recently completed a fellowship with the Non-Profit Roundtable’s Future Executive Directors Program. She received a Masters in Public Health from Yale University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.