John Madigan

Vice President of Public Policy

John Madigan

Mr. Madigan is responsible for establishing and carrying out the AFSP's public policy priorities and legislative agenda for suicide prevention, education and research. Mr. Madigan interacts on behalf of the AFSP with the White House, Congress, federal agencies, governors and other state and local officials. In addition, he oversees the Suicide Prevention Advocacy Network, which supports and enhances our presence in Washington, DC, and works to support suicide prevention initiatives at the state and local levels across the U.S.

Over his 35 year career, Mr. Madigan has managed or directed advocacy or fundraising activities for non-profit agencies, served on the personal staff of a United States Senator, served on the staff of a White House Presidential Study Commission and acted as chief lobbyist for a leading voluntary health association. In all of these positions Mr. Madigan has worked with a variety of elected officials, senior level professionals in business and members of the print and broadcast media at the national, state and local level. He received an A.A. degree in Social Science from Brookdale Community College, a BA in Political Science from George Washington University and has completed graduate level course work in communications and political science at American University in Washington, DC.

Mr. Madigan is also a survivor of suicide having lost his sister, Nancy Jane Madigan, to suicide in 1997.