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Voices of Real Life

Sophie Strzok

Public Policy Coordinator, NAMI Minnesota

Being part of the disability community and experiencing navigating the healthcare system throughout my lifetime, I have dedicated my career growth towards advocating for those with disabilities and being a voice for those who feel unheard. After graduating from St. Catherine’s University in 2021 with a Bachelors in Political Science, I recently completed my Masters in the Study of Law with a concentration in Education Compliance at Hamline University.

Currently, I am the Public Policy Coordinator at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Minnesota, where I am advocating at the state level for those who need access to critical mental health services in the state. The other group I am grateful to be a part of is Class 40 of Partners in Policymaking, which is run by the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and offers the unique opportunity to dive into disability policy within Minnesota and learn about the legislative session and how disability policy plays into the Minnesota legislative process.

Being on the Voices of Real Life, I hope to share my experiences and perspectives and help advocate for those who feel unheard by the health care system and broader society.