Eduardo Vega is Founder and CEO of Red Lever Innovations, LLC, a social impact venture dedicated to the transformation of lives and communities for a future that supports the health, equality and dignity for all. Red Lever programs like Rock Change Now! and Dignity Recovery Action International, advance social justice, mental health and suicide prevention through lived experience empowerment, community activation and impactful systems change.
Over twenty five years, he has worked in five states as a leader in advocacy and transformative mental health programs and practices including national, state and regional technical assistance, research and training projects and major policy initiatives in suicide prevention, stigma and discrimination reduction, consumer rights and empowerment, community integration, self-help and peer support services. From 2010- 2016 he served as President/CEO of the Mental Health Association of San Francisco and Director of the Center for Dignity, Recovery and Empowerment.
Vega serves on the Steering committee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the Global Anti-Stigma Alliance and the Executive Committee of the US nation Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, through which he founded the first national suicide attempt survivor task force. A person with lived experience of suicide and consumer advocate he helped found the national Destination Dignity! Project, the California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations and other transformative initiatives.
Eduardo is former Fulbright Specialist and California State Commissioner for Mental Health. For his work in culturally focused programs, stigma reduction, empowerment and systems change he’s been recognized by the United States Senate, the US Surgeon general and others. He holds an M.A. in Psychology from New School for Social Research.
Dr. DeQuincy Lezine, President & CEO, started working on student mental health issues as a sophomore at Brown University. He got his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UCLA and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in suicide prevention research at the University of Rochester. Throughout his career, he has maintained a passion for mental health promotion and suicide prevention with college students.