New Disability Liaison on Board at White House

National News
Summer 2015

Maria Town joined President Barack Obama’s staff and will serve as a liaison between the administration and the disability community.

Maria Town is as an associate director in the White House’s Office of Public Engagement.  She will focus on incorporating the needs of people with disabilities in Obama administration activities.  Town, who has cerebral palsy, is a full-time, permanent hire, White House employee.

Before joining the president’s staff, Town worked as an adviser in the Labor Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. In that role, she focused on improving employment among youth and young adults with disabilities.

“Maria’s track record on bolstering youth with disabilities as they transition into the workforce and her demonstrated skill crafting career development opportunities in classrooms, fostering leadership for young people with disabilities and building opportunities for inclusive volunteerism will serve the existing efforts of the White House on behalf of Americans with disabilities well,” said Rebecca Cokley, executive director of the National Council on Disability, a federal agency that advises the president on disability issues.