The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement has established a new disability policy committee to provide input and help direct the Institute’s research and programming in the area of people with disability and disability employment. The Harkin Institute focuses its work in four main areas that defined Senator Tom Harkin’s (retired) career, including people with disabilities.

Committee members include:

  • Kelly Buckland, Executive Director, National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)
  • Candace Cable, nine-time Paralympian and leader in the adaptive sports movement
  • Caroline Casey, Founder of Binc, social entrepreneur, and speaker
  • Michael Gamel-McCormick
  • Claudia Gordon, Director of Government and Compliance, Sprint Accessibility
  • Bob Kafka, disability activist and organizer for ADAPT
  • Leah Katz-Hernandez, Microsoft
  • David Mitchell, Administrator, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Global Disability Advisor in the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience (GP SURR) Global Practice of the World Bank Group
  • Bobby Silverstein, government relations and disability rights expert and attorney, former Harkin legislative staffer
  • Susan Sygall, CEO and co-founder, Mobility International USA
  • Terry Wilding, Superintendent, Minnesota State Academies
  • Alex Watters, City Council Member, Sioux City, IA; Adviser, Morningside College

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