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Rebecca Cokley has been the Executive Director of the National Council on Disability since 2013. Her work at NCD covers all areas of policy affecting the disability community including but not limited to healthcare, education, voting rights, employment, and civil rights of parents with disabilities.
Throughout her tenure in the Obama Administration she served as the Director of Priority Placement for Public Engagement in the Presidential Personnel Office at the White House where she was responsible for outreach to diversity and minority organizations to recruit qualified individuals for roles in the Obama Administration, and also served in policy roles at the Administration of Community Living in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and in the Department of Educations Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
For the past 15 years she has dedicated her career to improving transition outcomes for at-risk youth with groups including the Institute for Educational Leadership, the National Center for Cultural Competence, the American Association of People with Disabilities, and the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights. She has a B.A in Politics from the University of California Santa Cruz, and is the proud wife of Patrick and mother of Jackson and Kaya.