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Evelyn Kelley

Evelyn Kelley, Board of Directors

Evelyn Kelley

Evelyn Kelley, who has a severe hearing disability, is a self-advocate for people with disabilities. She graduated from Stanford University in 2012 with a degree in English and joined RespectAbility as one of its first Fellows. During her time at RespectAbility, Kelley helped establish the role of the Fellows by identifying specific projects that Fellows could assume responsibility for, and through her contributions as a skilled writer, she wrote grant proposals and drafted op-eds for publication.

Kelley left RespectAbility as a Fellow after six months to assume her current position as a Paralegal/Project Assistant in the Washington, D.C., offices of the leading law firm, WilmerHale. Kelley is excited to remain involved with RespectAbility by serving on the Board of Directors.

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Craig Leen

Craig Leen, Board of Directors

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Craig Leen

Craig Leen is a partner at K&L Gates LLP in Washington, DC, in the labor, employment, and workplace safety practice group. He advises companies on equal employment opportunity compliance, including under the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. He formerly served as the Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs at the U.S. Department of Labor, where he was a strong national advocate on civil rights and disability inclusion in employment, including his work developing an award-winning OFCCP enforcement program focused on disability inclusion, accommodations, and accessibility for federal contractors and their employees across the United States. [continue reading…]

Paul Martin

Paul Martin, Board of Advisors

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Paul Martin

Paul Martin is the Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture, motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; music; television, digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technology. SPE’s Motion Picture Group production organizations include Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation and Sony Pictures Classics. Martin is responsible for global talent strategies at all levels within the organization. As the Chief Diversity Officer, he brings together people reflecting the culturally diverse world in which we live to create an innovative workplace. [continue reading…]

Donna Meltzer

Donna Meltzer, Board of Advisors

Donna Meltzer

Donna Meltzer is CEO of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), a national nonprofit organization that supports the nation’s 56 governor-appointed Developmental Disabilities Councils that work within state government to promote independence, productivity, and integration of people with disabilities through systems change activities. In this capacity, Meltzer oversees the organization’s public policy and advocacy agenda as well as technical assistance to the members. Meltzer joined the NACDD in October 2012.

Previously she was the senior director of government relations for the Epilepsy Foundation, where she worked from 1987-1993. She rejoined the Epilepsy Foundation in July 2005. She also served as director of legislative affairs for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) from 1995-2005. Meltzer began her career on Capitol Hill working for the Honorable Tony Coelho (D-CA), a former member of Congress and House Whip. Meltzer also spent two years as the government affairs director for the National Health Council, where she directed the advocacy agenda for the Council’s Voluntary Health Agency (VHA) members. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s School of Journalism.

Meltzer also participates in several key coalitions including serving on the board of directors of the Coalition for Health Funding. She most recently stepped down from a three-year term as chairwoman of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) where she is an immediate past chairwoman and co-chairwoman of the CCD’s Fiscal Policy Task Force. She also is a past chairwoman of the National Health Council’s Government Relations Affinity Group.

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Jonathan Murray

Jonathan Murray, Board of Directors

headshot of Jonathan Murray in colorWidely credited with helping to usher in the modern reality television genre with his late partner Mary-Ellis Bunim, Jonathan Murray continues to inspire, influence and entertain television audiences worldwide. Since the launch of The Real World on MTV in 1992 through Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP), Murray has created and executive produced some of the industry’s most innovative, unscripted, entertainment television programs including Born This Way (A&E), which documents the lives of young adults with Down Syndrome and their families. Serving as Chairman of BMP until April 2015, Murray was responsible for guiding the creative process that has distinguished the company’s shows since the early 1990s. In 2007, the company launched BMP Films which sold its first critically acclaimed documentary, Autism: The Musical, to HBO. A follow up documentary, Autism: The Sequel, which will pick up the story ten years later, will air next year on HBO.

Murray currently serves as Executive Consultant, remaining at BMP in a creative capacity to develop series and documentary passion projects, and oversee some of the company’s longest running series. BMP continues to thrive, producing projects for primetime, cable television and streaming platforms including the 33rd season of The Real World (Facebook Watch) and the 34th season of The Challenge (MTV); Emmy award-winning Born This Way (A&E), Keeping up with the Kardashians, Total Divas (E!), and Project Runway and Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime). Additionally, their film entity, BMP Films, has produced Valentine Road (HBO), which premiered at Sundance, Pedro (MTV), Shadow Billionaire, and Autism: The Musical (HBO) that received two Emmy Awards and They Call Us Monsters, which looks at juvenile justice issues.

Murray graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and currently lives in Los Angeles. He previously served on the Boards of Semester at Seas and The Television Academy. In 2012, Murray was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.

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Jaime H. Pacheco-Orozco

Jaime H. Pacheco-Orozco, Board of Advisors

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Jaime Pacheco-Orozco

Jaime Pacheco-Orozco currently serves as the Assistant Executive Director of the City of Los Angeles, Department on Disability, where he manages the day-to-day operations of the department and oversees the budgetary, legislative, and strategic planning processes. He has been active in the workforce development arena for past twenty years and previously served as the Division Chief of the City’s Workforce Development System. [continue reading…]

Victor Santiago Pineda

Victor Santiago Pineda, Board of Advisors

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Victor Santiago Pineda

Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda is on the Board of Advisors of RespectAbility. Born in Venezuela and fluent in English and Spanish, he is advising on intersectionality and success for English-as-Second Language Learners with disabilities, inclusive philanthropy and other issues. [continue reading…]

Vincenzo Piscopo

Vincenzo Piscopo, Board of Directors

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Vincenzo Piscopo

Vincenzo Piscopo is a seasoned Public & Community Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility professional with 25 years of experience both in the US and internationally.

Piscopo is the CEO of United Spinal Association. Before being named CEO in November 2020, he was a Community and Stakeholder Relations Director at The Coca-Cola Company where he was a Champion for Coca-Cola in the community, through cultivation of strategic relationships with Veterans, People with Disability and Hispanic serving organizations. His passion for diversity and inclusion and social causes earned him national recognition for elevating The Coca-Cola Company’s reputation in disability inclusion.

Piscopo is the founder of the Wheels of Happiness Foundation, where he utilized his expertise to help people with motor disabilities in disadvantaged areas of the world. As a result of the foundation, participants have been able to regain independence, reintegrate into society, and add value to their communities. He is a member of the board of directors of RespectAbility and FODAC (Friends of the Disabled Adults and Children).

Piscopo has a bachelor’s degree in economics, an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master in Creativity from Buffalo State College.

He was born in Valencia, Venezuela to Italian Immigrants. He is married, has 4 kids and enjoys playing wheelchair tennis and reading Latin American Literature.

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Gerard Robinson

Gerard Robinson, Board of Directors

Gerard Robinson

Gerard Robinson is the Vice President for Education at the Advanced Studies in Culture Foundation. He was previously the executive director of the Center for Advancing Opportunity (CAO). He is also a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, D.C., a public policy think tank committed to expanding liberty, increasing individual opportunity and strengthening free enterprise. Robinson’s research areas at AEI include parental choice in the public and private schools, regulatory development and implementation of K–12 standards, the role of for-profit companies in education, prison education and reentry programs, and the role of community colleges and Historically Black Colleges and Universities in adult advancement. Before joining AEI, Robinson was Vice President of Partnerships at UniversityNow, Inc., a social venture based in San Francisco that works to expand access to quality higher education options through campus and online programs at Patten University, where he serves as trustee.

Before his work with UniversityNow, Inc., Robinson served as Commissioner of Education for the State of Florida from 2011 to 2012 where he managed several divisions with 3,000 employees. In addition to supporting the education initiatives of Governor Rick Scott, Robinson assisted in the development of a $16 billion education budget, and instituted for the first time in 10 years new achievement level scores for grades 3-10 in reading and grades 3-8 in mathematics. He also created a task force to improve learning opportunities for English language learners and students with special needs, adopted new competency and skill standards for STEM teachers, developed new pre- and post-assessment measures for the Florida Voluntary Pre-K Program, and approved several new degree programs for Florida’s colleges. Robinson also managed the work for Florida’s PARCC, Race to the Top, and Common Core programs, and partnered with the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Council of 100 to strengthen career and college readiness initiatives.

Prior to Florida, Robinson served as Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition to supporting the education initiatives of Gov. Bob McDonnell, he provided guidance to 16 public universities, the Virginia community college system, five higher education and research centers, the department of education, and the state-supported museums. Robinson also managed Gov. McDonnell’s Opportunity to Learn agenda, which produced laws for traditional public schools, virtual education, charter schools, college laboratory schools, and invested an additional $100 million into postsecondary education to support the conferral of 100,000 additional degrees by 2025 to support Virginia’s Top Jobs for the 21st Century Initiative. Robinson chaired the Virginia Early Childhood Advisory Council and partnered with the Virginia to provide military families in active service with access to high-quality early education programs.

Before working in Virginia, Robinson was President of the Black Alliance for Educational Options, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase access to high-quality educational options for black children by actively supporting transformational education reform initiatives and parental choice policies that empower low income and working-class black families. As the nation’s premier organization for advancement of K-12 public, private and alternative education options for black families and children, Robinson raised money from a diverse group of funders including the Gates, Charles Stewart Mott, George Soros, and Walton Family foundations.

A former legislative aide in the California and Virginia legislatures, he also served as a Senior Research Associate for the School Choice Demonstration Project at the University of Arkansas, a Senior Fellow at the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Education Policy at The City University of New York. In regard to scholarship, Robinson co-edited a book titled Education Savings Accounts: The New Frontier in School Choice (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), authored a law review article titled “The Federal Role in Education: Encouragement as a Guiding Philosophy for the Advancement of Learning in America” in 2016, and is working on a book about education and criminal justice reform that is scheduled for publication in 2019. In addition to his published articles, legislative testimonies, and policy papers on K-20 education topics, Robinson has spoken before audiences in the United States as well as at Oxford University in England and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Robinson’s international education tours include travel to China, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Gambia, Germany, Haiti, Israel, and Senegal.

Robinson is a board member for the Georgia G.O.A.L. Scholarship Program, which has awarded more than $93 million in tax-credit scholarships to families since 2008, and a founding board member of KIPP STRIVE Academy in Atlanta, which won the Charter School of Year Award in 2016. He is an advisory board member to the Pioneer Institute’s Center for School Reform, Pathways in Education, 100Kin10, and Career Journey, GPS. Robinson earned an Ed.M. degree from Harvard University, a B.A. degree from Howard University, and an A.A. degree from El Camino Community College. In 2011, the Trustees of Bluefield College in Virginia awarded Robinson an honorary doctorate for his commitment to improving education at all stages of life. He is married and has three daughters.

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Learn about all of the members of RespectAbility’s Board of Directors and Advisors: https://www.respectability.org/about-us/meet-our-boards-of-directors-and-advisors/.

Jim Sinocchi

Jim Sinocchi, Board of Directors

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Jim Sinocchi

Jim Sinocchi works closely with senior leaders across JPMorgan Chase to establish consistent standards and processes to better support employees with disabilities. The office also supports employees who care for disabled family members. 
Sinocchi is keenly aware of the issues and challenges facing people with disabilities as he sustained a spinal cord injury early in his business career. He has been active in creating awareness and understanding of disability inclusion through his blog, View from the Chair. He has served on the boards of Jawonio, an organization focused on the well-being and equality of people with disabilities, and the Human Rights Commission in Rockland County, NY. He is also a member of the Viscardi Center Board of Directors — a special education school in NY for severely disabled students.

Meet our Boards of Directors and Advisors

Learn about all of the members of RespectAbility’s Board of Directors and Advisors: https://www.respectability.org/about-us/meet-our-boards-of-directors-and-advisors/.

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