Eduardo Vega

President and CEO, Red Lever Innovations

Eduardo Vega is CEO of Red Lever Solutions, a consulting and technical assistance collective focused on social change, social justice and health systems transformation fueled by the “lived experience” of people who have been there. An internationally recognized thought leader in mental health programs and advocacy, conmmunity empowerment, health justice and discrimination, men’s health and suicide, his innovative work continues to drive the forefront of progress for mental health, social justice and health equity worldwide.
A former Fulbright Specialist ans California State Commissioner Vega has been an invited subject expert at the White House through the Office of President Obama, and presented at many international leadership events. His policy and expert opinions have been featured in major news outlets including Huffington Post, CBS, Al-Jazeera America, the San Francisco Chronicle, Pacifica Radico, PBS Newhour and many others. Former President and CEO of Mental Health Association of San Francisco, he also founded the groundbreaking Center for Dignity, Recovery and Empowerment and Dignity Recovery Action! International, the national Destination Dignity project and United Suicide Survivors International. Uniquely bridging his professional expertise and personal experience as a suicide attempt survivor who lived with serious mental health conditions since childhood, Vega's work has empowered communities and fostered change worldwide. He has presented and trained throughout the US, in Japan, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe, Fiji and Latin America. He serves on the Steering Committee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the Global Anti-Stigma Alliance, and the Executive Committee of the US National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.
Vega's leadership has been recognized by the State of California, the United States Senate, the President of the nation of Fiji, the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership, the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the United States Surgeon General, among others. He holds an M.A. in Psychology from New School for Social Research.