Michael B. Friedman, L.M.S.W.  In a career that has spanned over 40 years, Michael Friedman has been a direct service provider, an administrator, and a social advocate, working in community and public service positions.  In July, 2010 he retired from his position as Director of The Center for Policy, Advocacy, and Education of The Mental Health Association of New York City, which he founded in 2003.  At the time he also retired as Chair of the Geriatric Mental Health Alliance of New York, which he founded in 2004.  He continues teaching courses on health policy and social advocacy at Columbia University School of Social Work as well as a course on mental health policy at the Mailman School of Public Health.  He also provides consultation regarding mental health, health, and human services policy and organizational planning.

Previously Mr. Friedman had served as Regional Director (Deputy Commissioner) of the NYS Office of Mental Health, Director of Network Development for the Department of Psychiatry of NY Presbyterian Hospital, Executive Director of The Mental Health Association of Westchester, and Director of Operations of The Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services.

Currently, he serves on the NYS Geriatric Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Planning Council, The Advisory Committee to the NYC Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene, and The NYS Advisory Committee on Long-Term Care.  Mr. Friedman received a Master's degree in philosophy from Columbia University and a Master's in Social Work from the Hunter College School of Social Work.