TASH Announces New Executive Director

A portrait of Michael Brogioli. He has high grey hair, parted to his left. He is wearing an open collared shirt and a dark suite. He is against a blue speckled photographer's backdrop.We are pleased to announce that Michael J. Brogioli has been selected as the TASH Executive Director. Mike brings over twenty years of senior management experience in the nonprofit sector including past leadership positions as executive director of the Autism Coalition for Research and Education, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) and RESNA. Mike also has experience working on Capitol Hill where he served as a Jacob Javits Fellow and legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Tom Daschle. Most recently, Mike worked on an interim basis as a Senior Advisor to Eurasia Programs for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, where he advised programs involving civil society organizations including those that advocate for people with disabilities. Mike earned a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree from Duke University and a BA in Government and International Relations from the University of Notre Dame.

Throughout his career, Mike has worked on behalf of organizations that seek to improve the health and well-being of people with disabilities and advance disability rights. He has demonstrated a deep commitment to our core values of equity, opportunity and inclusion. His experience and connections in Washington, DC will be especially beneficial to TASH and particularly at this juncture. He has served as a co-chair of the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Task Force on Technology and Telecommunications and as a member of the AgrAbility Project’s Advisory Group. He currently serves on the board of directors of the U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD) and Rehabilitation International (RI), where he is a vice president on the RI executive committee, representing North America.

>Mike’s professional experience as a policy advocate, strategic planner, fundraiser, program manager and coalition builder are all assets that will help advance TASH’s mission. He has worked for membership organizations and appreciates the opportunities and challenges of helping to lead diverse stakeholders who are united by a shared vision to advance inclusion in education, employment and ultimately all facets of life. We are delighted that he is joining us.

I want to thank the Search Committee, led by our Board Vice President, Jean Gonsier-Gerdin, and our Treasurer, Brian Dion, for their diligence and hard work. I also want to thank everyone who participated in several interview panels which included researchers, self-advocates, chapter leaders, staff and board members.

Finally, I want to thank our interim executive director, Serena Lowe, for her incredible hard work over the past two months; Serena will remain with us over the coming weeks and I know she will assure a smooth transition. Please join me in thanking Serena and welcoming Mike who starts with us on October 19. Thank you for your continued support of TASH and best wishes during these challenging times.

On behalf of the TASH Board of Directors,

Jennifer Lengyel