Mike Lamma and his team are bringing suicide out of the darkness by rallying a nationwide movement to take action against this leading cause of death. He leads AFSP’s fundraising initiatives—including walks, the Lifesavers Gala, and individual and corporate giving—as well AFSP’s nationwide network of chapters, which deliver prevention and support programs at the local level.
When he joined AFSP in 2004, he expanded the Out of the Darkness series to include the Community and Campus Walks, which have grown from 25 walks to over 400—the Community Walks alone have become one of the top peer-to-peer fundraisers in the country. During his leadership, the chapters have grown from 18 sites to 75 chapters in 43 states, which will soon expand to cover all 50 states. Lamma has more than 30 years of progressive fundraising and chapter development experience at the local, regional, and national levels. Since joining in 2004, under Lamma’s leadership fundraising has increased over 800 percent—from $2 million a year to $17 million in 2015.
Before joining AFSP, his career included leadership roles at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, American Diabetes Association, and the Huntington’s Disease Society of America.
He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Virginia Tech and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Radford College.