Jim Brett Appointed to National Council on Disability

New England Council President & CEO Jim Brett has been appointed to the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency that recommends disability policy to the President, Congress and other federal agencies.

Jim’s appointment to NCD by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi was published in the Congressional Record on May 12, 2016.  Appointments to NCD are made by the President of the United States, the Senate Majority Leader, the Senate Minority Leader, the Speaker of the House, and the House Minority Leader pursuant to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act  signed into law by President Obama in July 2014.

Jim has been a lifelong advocate for people with disabilities.  He currently serves as the Chairman of the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission on Intellectual Disability in Massachusetts, and is also a Commissioner of the Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission. He recently served as the Chairman of The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities and continues to serve as a member of the committee.  Jim is also the former President of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health.

Jim joins Chair Clyde Terry, Vice Chair Katherine Seelman, Ph.D., and NCD members Gary Blumenthal, Janice Lehrer-Stein, Benro T. Ogunyipe, Lt. Col. Daniel Gade, Bob Brown, and Neil Romano at the independent federal agency.

Please join us in congratulating Jim on this important appointment!

Click here to read a press release announcing Jim’s appointment.

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