Phyllis Kaufman, J.D., is the Senior Strategy Advisor at the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy, and Senior Strategy Advisor at The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at MGH and Harvard Medical School. In her dual roles at the Psychiatry Academy and the Clay Center, she is working to expand educational platforms and purposeful storytelling using social media, film/video, live events, and other forms of community outreach.
Phyllis also serves in the position of Senior Project Manager for Project TEACH, a collaboration between MGH Psychiatry Academy and the New York State Office of Mental Health and Regional Project TEACH providers, taking one of the leading roles in oversight of the implementation of a Statewide plan to improve the ability of pediatric primary care providers to provide mental health services to children, adolescents, and their families.
Prior to joining the MGH Psychiatry Academy and The Clay Center, Phyllis co-founded and was the producing director of Theater of War Productions/Outside the Wire, a social impact company that uses theater and a variety of other media to address public health and human rights issues, such as psychological injury associated with armed conflict, destigmatization of substance abuse/addiction, and domestic violence.
Prior to co-founding Outside the Wire, Phyllis was a partner at New York-based law firms in media/communications practice groups, with an expertise in social impact/digital media and production finance/production legal work. She recently participated in mid-career LL.M. studies in human rights/national security.
Phyllis has also served as the artistic director of a U.S. film festival, produced feature and documentary films, and has served as a member of several boards/advisory boards of non-profit organizations.