White House Adds New Disability Adviser
A fresh face is on board at the White House tasked with focusing on disability issues.
Starting this week, Taryn Mackenzie Williams will serve as a liaison between the disability community and the president as an associate director in the White House’s Office of Public Engagement.
She fills a role that has been vacant since Claudia Gordon left in the spring to return to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs after less than a year in the post.
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In much the same fashion, Williams’ appointment is expected to be short-term. Williams will essentially be “on loan” from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy where she works as a senior policy adviser, according to Lawrence Carter-Long at the National Council on Disability, a federal agency that advises the president on disability policy.
In addition to her work at the Labor Department, Williams previously did a stint at the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions where she contributed to a report on the so-called ADA generation, those who have come of age since the passage of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act.