Access Board Members

The Board is structured to function as a coordinating body among federal agencies and to directly represent the public, particularly people with disabilities.  Twelve members of the governing Board are representatives from most of the federal departments.  The other thirteen are comprised of members of the public appointed by the President to four-year terms. Every year the Board elects officers, including a chair and vice-chair.  These posts alternate between a public and a federal member.

Members of the public who wish to seek appointment to the Access Board should contact the White House Office of Presidential Personnel at (202) 456-9713 or visit the White House website.

 

Michael K. Yudin Sachin Dev Pavithran

Chair
Michael K. Yudin
Department of Education bio

Vice Chair
Sachin Dev Pavithran
Logan, Utah bio 

 

Public Members

 

   
Regina Blye
Regina Blye
Regina Blye of Austin, Texas is the Executive Director of the Texas State Independent Living Council (SILC) and currently serves as Chair of SILC Congress, a national group dedicated to improving the effectiveness of SILCs. She is also Vice-Chair of the Texas Disability Policy Consortium, a collection of organizations working together to advance the rights of Texans with disabilities, and serves as a board member for the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, a grassroots advocacy organization. Blye graduated from West Texas A&M University with a degree in mass communications.

 

Karen L. Braitmayer, FAIA

Karen L. Braitmayer, FAIA
Karen L. Braitmayer is the founder of Karen Braitmayer, FAIA, Seattle, WA, an architectural consulting firm specializing in accessibility and accessible design. She advises state agencies, local governments, school districts, developers and architects on accessibility for housing, commercial, retail, institutional and educational projects. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and served on the Advisory Board of the Northwest ADA Center and on the Board of the Northwest Center (for people with Developmental Disabilities). Braitmayer received a BA from Rice University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Houston. Braitmayer served as a member of the Washington State Building Code Council from 1994 to 2001 and remains involved in the development and update of Washington State’s accessibility code.

 

Patrick D. Cannon 

Patrick D. Cannon
Patrick D. Cannon of Lansing, Michigan was State Director of the Michigan Commission for the Blind from 1997 to 2012. He was also President of the National Council of State Agencies for the Blind and served as Director of the Michigan Commission on Disability Concerns for 10 years. He has served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Capital Area Transportation Authority since 1991 and was a member of the National Rehabilitation Association, the Council of State Administrators in Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Executive Board of the President’s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities. Cannon previously served as a member of the Access Board from 1995 to 2003, including a term as its Chair.

 

 Michael Graves, FAIA

Michael Graves, FAIA
Michael Graves, FAIA, of Princeton, New Jersey is the founding principal of Michael Graves & Associates, an architecture and design firm that he founded in 1964, and of Michael Graves Design Group. He is also the Robert Schirmer Professor of Architecture, Emeritus at Princeton University, where he taught for nearly 40 years. Graves has received a number of awards, including the Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame (2012), the AIA/ACSA Topaz Medal (2010), the AIA Gold Medal (2001), and the National Medal of Arts (1999), and was named one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in Healthcare Design by the Center for Health Design in 2010. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Academy in Rome. Graves received a B.S.Arch from the University of Cincinnati and an M.Arch from Harvard University.

 

 Marc Guthrie

Marc D. Guthrie
Marc D. Guthrie of Newark, Ohio is the Director of Director of Public Outreach for the American Council of the Blind of Ohio. Guthrie, a long-time advocate for Ohioans with disabilities, was Executive Director of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Ohio from 1995 to 2001. He also previously served as a member of the U.S. Access Board from 1996 to 2005. Guthrie is a City Councilman At-Large in Newark, Ohio and served as President of the Newark City Council from 2004 to 2009. He was appointed Administrator of Business and Human Resources for District Five of the Ohio Department of Transportation by former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland in 2009. Additional elected offices held by Guthrie in Ohio include City Councilman in Heath, County Commissioner in Licking County, and State Representative from the 77th House District for six terms. As a state legislator, Guthrie authored Ohio’s early intervention law for pre-school age children with disabilities. Guthrie received an A.A. degree from Ohio Dominican College.

 

Christopher S. Hart

Christopher S. Hart
Christopher S. Hart of Boston, Massachusetts is the Director of Urban and Transportation Projects for the Institute for Human Centered Design, an international nonprofit organization in Boston that promotes accessibility and universal design. He also serves as an appointed member of the Governor’s Transportation Advisory Reform Committee and the National Steering Committee for Project ACTION, a national organization dedicated to promoting universal access to transportation for people with disabilities. In addition, Hart served as a consultant on transportation issues for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and Boston’s disability community and is a board member for the Livable Streets Alliance and the Disability Law Center. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts College of Public and Community Service.

 

Phillip D. Jenkins

Phillip D. Jenkins
Phillip D. Jenkins of Austin, Texas is a senior software engineer in IBM's Research Division who has over 27 years of experience with the company.  He has been active in the development of innovations to enhance the accessibility of IBM technologies, products, and services through IBM's Human Ability and Accessibility Center.  He represented IBM on Access Board advisory committees involved in drafting and more recently updating access standards for electronic and information technologies issued under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

 

Mathew McCollough

Mathew McCollough, M.P.A.
Mathew McCollough, M.P.A. of Washington, D.C. is executive director of the District of Columbia (DC) Developmental Disabilities Council which promotes independence and equal opportunity for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He previously served as communications manager for the DC Office of Disability Rights where he coordinated and publicized District government efforts to improve accessibility and compliance with laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act. Before joining the DC government, McCollough was employed by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities as a grants manager and contracted by the U.S. Department of Justice as an information specialist.

 

 Sachin Dev Pavithran

Sachin Dev Pavithran
Sachin Dev Pavithran of Logan, Utah is Program Director of the Utah Assistive Technology Program at Utah State University’s Center for Persons with Disabilities, a position he has held since 2011. Before serving as Program Director, he served in a variety of other roles at the Center, including Program Coordinator and Disability Policy Analyst, since joining in 2002. Pavithran has more than 12 years of experience as a consultant on disability policy and developing and training users of assistive technology and accessible websites. He serves on the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs National Board, the Utah State Rehabilitation Council, the Research and Development Committee of the National Federation of the Blind, and the National Multicultural Council of the Association of University Centers for Disabilities. In 2007, the National Federation of the Blind awarded him the Kenneth Jernigan Scholarship. Pavithran received a B.A., B.S., and an M.S. from Utah State University.

 

Howard A. Rosenblum

Howard A. Rosenblum
Howard A. Rosenblum is a senior attorney at Equip for Equality, a nonprofit organization responsible for implementing the Protection and Advocacy System in the State of Illinois.  He was recently named Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), a position he will assume next April, and has served as NAD’s Public Policy Chair since 2006.  An attorney for 18 years, Rosenblum has focused his legal practice on disability rights and special education.  He has been involved in major cases under the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and other laws protecting the rights of people with disabilities.  Rosenblum is the co-founder and Chairperson of the Midwest Center on Law and the Deaf, an organization dedicated to ensuring equal access to the legal system for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. 

 

Deborah A. Ryan

Deborah A. Ryan
Deborah A. Ryan of Boston, Massachusetts is head of Deborah A. Ryan & Associates, an accessibility consulting firm that specializes in compliance with design requirements issued under Massachusetts law and federal laws such as the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Fair Housing Act. As a consultant, she is active in accessibility surveys, plan reviews, technical assistance, training, and guidance on complaint resolution. Before creating her firm in 2002, Ryan served for over 25 years at the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board (MAAB), including 15 years as its executive director. The MAAB develops and enforces state requirements for accessible buildings and facilities. Ryan previously served on the U.S. Access Board's Public Right-of-Way Access Advisory Committee.

 

Nancy Starnes
Nancy Starnes
Nancy Starnes of Arlington, Virginia previously served as Director of External Affairs for the National Organization on Disability which is dedicated to expanding the participation and contributions of people with disabilities in all aspects of life. She directed the organization's efforts to close the participation gaps between those with and without disabilities in the nation's towns, cities and counties.  Starnes has been active in disability rights advocacy for over 30 years and has served on numerous organization and consumer boards and coalitions.

 

Hans A. Van Winkle

Hans A. Van Winkle
Hans A. Van Winkle of Lumberton, New Jersey is a Vice President at Parsons Brinkerhoff, a leading engineering firm, and has over 35 years of experience in engineering, operations, construction and project management. Before joining Parsons Brinkerhoff, he was director of the Construction Industry Institute, a non-profit consortium at the University of Texas at Austin, and served for more than 30 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where he rose to become Deputy Commander.

 

Former Public Board Members 

 

Federal Members

 

 

 

Susan Brita
Susan Brita, General Services Administration
Susan Brita was named Deputy Administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) in February 2010. As Deputy Administrator, Brita works closely with members of the GSA senior leadership team to provide leadership to GSA employees, devise policy and provide services to other federal agencies. Before becoming Deputy Administrator, Brita served as the Staff Director for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, a position she held since 1992. During her tenure, her portfolio included GSA, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Architect of the Capitol. She previously served as Chief of Staff to the GSA Administrator from 1985 to 1988. Brita received a master's degree in public administration from George Washington University and a bachelor's of arts degree from Cardinal Cushing College.

 

Ellen Herbst 

Ellen Herbst, Department of Commerce
Ellen Herbst was confirmed as the Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary of Administration at the Department of Commerce in 2013. In this position, Herbst oversees the establishment and execution of departmental policies and procedures for administrative functions affecting program operations in Commerce’s operating units. Previously, she served as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Commerce. Herbst began her government service in 2005 as Director of Commerce’s National Technical Information Service. Prior to joining the government, Herbst spent 25 years in the private sector in various leadership positions for both large and small companies. She served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Spectra Systems, Virtual Compliance and Giesecke & Devrient America Inc. She also served as a Business Manager at the DuPont Company. Herbst graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor of science degree in economics and accounting and received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

 

Kathleen Martinez

Kathleen Martinez, Department of Labor
Kathleen Martinez was appointed Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy by the President Obama in 2009. As head of the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, Martinez advises the Secretary of Labor and works with all department agencies to lead a comprehensive and coordinated national policy on the employment of people with disabilities. Previously, she served as Executive Director of the World Institute on Disability (WID), an internationally recognized public policy center that focuses on issues that affect people's ability to live full and independent lives. At WID, Martinez directed Proyecto Visión, WID's National Technical Assistance Center to increase employment opportunities for Latinos with disabilities and Access to Assets, an asset-building project to help reduce poverty among people with disabilities. She is a former member of the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency that advises the President and Congress on disability policy. In 2007, she was named a member of the board of the U.S. Institute of Peace, a Congressionally-created agency dedicated to research and projects in conflict management, and in 2005, she was appointed by the Secretary of State to a newly created State Department advisory committee on disability and foreign policy.

 

Tom Samra

Tom Samra, United States Postal Service
Tom Samra was named United States Postal Service Vice President, Facilities, in November 2005. In this role, he is responsible for one of the largest civilian construction programs in the U.S. and oversees all Postal Service properties, including 8,000 owned and 26,000 leased facilities. Samra manages a nationwide staff of professionals, comprised of architects, engineers, environmental, property management, and real estate specialists. His organization is responsible for acquiring and leasing all properties and buildings, for managing the design and construction programs for all new postal buildings, and for renovating and/or repairing current postal space. Prior to joining the Postal Service, Samra served with the American Red Cross as vice president of real estate development and material management. He has 30 years experience in project development and facilities management both domestically and internationally. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Detroit Institute of Technology in 1975.

 

 

William B. Schultz, Department of Health and Human Services
William B. Schultz serves as the General Counsel for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a post to which he was confirmed in April 2013.  He served in this position in an acting capacity for since March 2011.  Prior to joining HHS, Schultz was a partner at the law firm Zuckerman Spaeder.  From 1999 to 2000, he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division at the U.S. Department of Justice where he was responsible for overseeing all Civil Division appellate litigation and the Department’s Tobacco Litigation Team.  From 1994 to 1999, Schultz was Deputy Commissioner for Policy at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where he was responsible for directing and overseeing all of the Agency’s major policy initiatives, including initiatives on tobacco and food safety.  He previously served as Counsel for the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health and the Environment. Schultz began his career as a law clerk to Judge William B. Bryant of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and for 14 years he litigated public interest law cases at Public Citizen Litigation Group. He was also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center for 10 years, teaching courses in litigation and food and drug law.  Schultz received his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

 

 

Rhea S. Suh, Department of Interior
Rhea S. Suh serves as Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget at the Department of the Interior and oversees financial, administrative and programmatic policy for the Department, including budget formulation, implementation and accountability. Before her appointment as Assistant Secretary, Suh served as a program officer at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation where she managed a $200 million initiative designed to build ecological integrity and resilience in key lands and watersheds in western North America. Previously, as a program officer at The William and Flora Hewett Foundation, Suh managed a portfolio of grants designed to protect the ecosystems of the western part of North America. She also developed educational strategies and programs for under-served constituencies as a consultant to the National Park Service and served as a senior legislative assistant to Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell. Suh is a graduate of Columbia University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, and of Harvard University, where she earned a Masters of Education, Administration, Planning and Social Policy. She has received both a Fulbright Fellowship and a Marshall Fellowship.

 

Polly Trottenberg

Polly Trottenberg, Department of Transportation
Polly Trottenberg was appointed Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy in the Office of the Secretary at the Department of Transportation (DOT) by the President in 2009. In this position, she works closely with the Under Secretary for Policy and the Administrators of DOT's various modal and safety administrations in the development of transportation policies. She previously served as Executive Director of Building America's Future, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing about a new era of U.S. investment in the nation's infrastructure to enhance prosperity and quality of life. She spent 12 years as a staff member in the U.S. Senate where she worked extensively on transportation, public works, energy and environmental issues. During her time on Capitol Hill, Trottenberg served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Senator Barbara Boxer, as Legislative Director for Senator Charles Schumer, and as Legislative Assistant to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Before her congressional career, she worked at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Massachusetts State Senate, and the Massachusetts Port Authority. She received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College and her Master's in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government.

 

Tony West 

Tony West, Department of Justice
Tony West serves as the Associate Attorney General of the United States with the Department of Justice. He served in this position in an acting capacity from March 2012 until his confirmation in July 2013. West’s primary responsibility is to advise and assist the Attorney General and the Deputy Attorney General in formulating and implementing Departmental policies and programs related to a broad range of issues, including civil litigation (which includes civil rights), federal and local law enforcement, and public safety. In particular, West’s responsibilities include oversight of the Department's civil litigating components (Antitrust Division, Civil Division, Civil Rights Division, Environment and Natural Resources Division, and Tax Division), grant-making components (Office of Justice Programs, Office on Violence Against Women, and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services), and related components (Community Relations Service, Executive Office of U.S. Trustees, Office of Information Policy and Foreign Settlement Claims Commission. Previously, West served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division from April 2009 to March 2012, where he helped focus the Division’s work on national security as one of the Department’s highest priorities. In addition, he bolstered the Civil Division’s affirmative civil enforcement efforts in areas such as health care fraud, mortgage fraud, and procurement fraud to recover taxpayer money lost to fraud and abuse, resulting in unprecedented monetary recoveries. West first joined the Department in 1993 as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Attorney General. From 1994 to 1999, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of California, and from 1999 to 2001, he served as a state Special Assistant Attorney General in California. West was also a litigation partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP in San Francisco before he returned to work with the Department of Justice. West graduated with honors from Harvard College, where he served as publisher of the Harvard Political Review, and received his law degree from Stanford Law School, where he was elected President of the Stanford Law Review.

 

 Jessica L. Wright

Jessica L. Wright, Department of Defense
As acting Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Jessica L. Wright is the deputy senior policy advisor to the Secretary of Defense on recruitment, career development, pay and benefits for the Department’s military and civilian personnel. Before assuming this position in October 2012, she served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. Wright retired as a Major General in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard after 35 years of military service. Her final assignment was as Adjutant General of Pennsylvania and Commander of the Pennsylvania National Guard. Prior to this assignment, she served as the deputy adjutant general for the Army. From 1997 to 1998, she commanded the 28th Aviation Brigade, 28th Infantry Division at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, and was the first female maneuver brigade commander in the Army and the first female Army aviator in the Army National Guard. Wright began her military career as an enlistee in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in 1975, after graduating from Alderson Broaddus College with a bachelor's degree in social work. She also holds a master's degree in management from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.

 

 Michael K. Yudin

Michael K. Yudin, Department of Education
As Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Michael K. Yudin serves as the Secretary of Education's principal adviser on special education, vocational rehabilitation, and disability and rehabilitation research. He previously served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and as Acting Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education. Before joining the Department, Yudin worked in the U.S. Senate as legislative director for Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, senior counsel to Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, and HELP Committee counsel to Senator Jim Jeffords of Vermont. In these roles, he assisted in developing, promoting, and advancing a comprehensive legislative agenda related to education, children and families, disabilities, and poverty. He previously served as an attorney at the Social Security Administration and at the U.S. Department of Labor and was director of employment policy for the ARC of the United States and United Cerebral Palsy.

 

 

 

Department of Housng and Urban Developement
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Department of Veterans Affairs
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