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Former Obama Aide to be Mayor’s New Disabilities Director

“Maria has amassed quite an impressive list of professional accomplishments,” said Mayor Turner. “She is energetic and passionate about ensuring that the diversity of the disability community is represented in issues related to healthcare, education, criminal justice reform and community integration. She also brings the unique perspective of the millennial generation.  I am excited to have her join my administration.”

Town worked in the White House in the last two years of the Obama Administration.  She is credited with leading the efforts to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and using creative methods to enhance the Obama Administration’s engagement with the disability community.  Prior to the White House, Town was employed at the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy where she was instrumental in advancing national public policy initiatives focused on improving employment outcomes for youth with disabilities.  Her other previous experience includes working in the Provost’s Office at Emory University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and served as university-wide student body president.

In her personal time, Town is the founder of CP Shoes, a blog dedicated to exploring the intersection of design, fashion, disability and technology.  She is also a former fellow and mentoring co-chair of the Washington, D.C., chapter of the New Leaders Council, a former participant in Mobility International USA’s Young Women with Disabilities Leadership Exchange Program, a former co-moderator of a networking group for young professionals with disabilities in Washington, D.C.  She has also been involved in the Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital.

Town has received several honors and awards for her work in the disability community.  She will start work in the mayor’s office on February 27, 2017.

 

Houston City Hall Farmers Market Kicks Off on Wednesday

Houston City Hall Farmers Market Kicks Off on Wednesday

HCC Global Energy COE reaches out to women

HCC Global Energy COE reaches out to women

HOUSTON [February 15, 2017] – As petrochemical plant expansions continue in the Gulf Coast region, opportunities for employment in the field persist. The need to replace ...

CITY COUNCIL APPROVES CONTRACT FOR PERMITTING CENTER WEBSITE

CITY COUNCIL APPROVES CONTRACT FOR PERMITTING CENTER WEBSITE

New Web Portal to Increase Permitting Process Accessibility

HOUSTON  Houston City Council approved a contract for website development services that will transform the way...

Africa Rising: A lecture by Jonathan Berman, Author, Investor & Advisor

Africa Rising: A lecture by Jonathan Berman, Author, Investor & Advisor

In an era of slowing growth, Africa is home to a trillion-dollar, resource-rich economy, and six of the ten fastest growing markets in the world. Entrepreneurs in search ...

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