Help us give a warm welcome to Paul Getzel

NAMI Seattle is delighted to welcome our newest Executive Director, Paul Getzel. Paul brings a strong background in community health and nonprofit management, and we’re excited for him to join our team. He will spend the next few months getting to know our programs and community members. Feel free to drop him a line to say hello!

Thanks to all of you who have supported us during this ten-month leadership transition. It has been my honor to have helped steward NAMI Seattle through this period, and I am excited to return my focus to our community programs! Our organization has grown tremendously over the past few years and I can’t wait to see what the future will bring. See you in the community or online!


 Katie Mahoney

Senior Manager of Programs

A little about Paul

Paul is compelled in this work by the strong belief in the power of peer to peer models in reducing racial and social disparities, facilitating access to mental health services, reducing stigma, and building enduring support for individuals and families pursuing their best possible mental health. His prior history includes work in community health, food security, HIV/AIDS, and health equity advocacy. As someone native to Seattle, Paul appreciates the sun and the rain equally and spends his free time enjoying the food, arts, and music the city has to offer.

A message from Paul

I am thrilled to be in a position to contribute to the work at NAMI Seattle, especially in this crucial time. While it seems like there are formidable challenges everywhere right now, NAMI Seattle’s community driven work presents hope for all of us to achieve our best mental health. I am honored to be part of this life saving work alongside everyone on the NAMI Seattle team.

I look forward to connecting with you,

Paul Getzel

Executive Director

Pronouns: he/him