Under John Madigan’s leadership, AFSP’s advocates and public policy team have won major victories in suicide prevention at both federal and state levels. His team has secured mandated suicide prevention training for teachers and school personnel, won landmark funding for mental health services under the Excellence in Mental Health Act, increased funding for the National Violent Death Reporting System, and made military and veteran suicide prevention a national priority through laws like the Clay Hunt Act and Jacob Sexton Act.
Madigan oversees AFSP’s advocacy network, giving nationwide volunteer advocates the tools and training they need to educate their legislators on how smart policy can prevent suicide. He has built relationships with the White House, Congress, federal agencies, governors and other state and local officials in order to educate them on how policy can support suicide prevention. He has been featured as an expert on suicide prevention policy in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe, and has appeared on TV and radio in Washington, D.C., and across the nation.
In his 35-year career prior to AFSP, Madigan directed advocacy or fundraising activities for nonprofit agencies, served on the personal staff of a United States Senator, and on the staff of a White House Presidential Study Commission. Other landmark legislation that Madigan has worked on includes increased funding for cancer research, the airline smoking ban, warning labels on tobacco products, and nutritional labeling on food products. Madigan earned an associate degree in Social Science from Brookdale Community College, a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from The George Washington University, and has completed graduate level course work in communications and political science at American University in Washington, D.C. Madigan is also a survivor of suicide having lost his sister, Nancy Jane Madigan.