March 31, 2011

Nancy StarnesNancy Starnes of Arlington, Virginia was elected Chair of the Access Board by acclamation at a meeting of the Board in March.  Starnes, who was appointed to the Board in 2008 by President Bush, has been active in disability rights advocacy for over 30 years and has served on numerous organization and consumer boards and coalitions. 

"It is an honor to lead an agency that is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through accessible design," Starnes noted after her election.  "I look forward to helping the Board do all that it can in fulfilling its vital mission in the year ahead."

Starnes previously served as Director of External Affairs for the National Organization on Disability where she led efforts to increase equality for people with disabilities in the nation's towns, cities and counties.  Earlier in her career, she served as chief operating officer of the Paralysis Society of America and headed two county offices for people with disabilities in New Jersey.  Starnes also was elected to the town council of Sparta, New Jersey and served as its Mayor.

The Board elected as its Vice Chair Susan Brita, Deputy Administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration.  Board officers serve for a term of one year.