Danya Haywood

Senior Manager, Administrative Services
Internal Strategy and Support

Danya Haywood enjoys merging technology and process together to achieve excellence, particularly in administration. She has successful projects related to the NAMI Store, increasing sales, diversifying product selection and improving systems. Utilizing her real estate experience, she oversaw the design, construction and relocation of the national NAMI office in 2009.

Prior to working at NAMI, Danya worked for the Diversity Channel, where she assisted Fortune 500 companies achieve their diversity initiatives and goals. She manages NAMI’s administrative services and the NAMI Store. She attended Morgan State University where she studied electrical engineering.

What do you wish more people knew about NAMI?

I wish more people knew about the Sharing Hope program, which helps underserved communities identify individuals in mental health crisis. It also eliminates stigma and informs the community about services and supports available to them.

Who inspires you?

A person who inspires me is Rosalind Brewer, COO of Starbucks and former CEO of Sam’s Club. Many years ago, Rosalind and I worked together to bring diversity services to Walmart; back then, she was only a manager. I will always remember how she encouraged me to stand in my truth, never stop learning and develop my personal brand.


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