National Disability Association Adds New Senior Policy Analyst to Legislative Affairs Team

November 12, 2005


Kim E. Musheno
Director of Public Policy
301-588-8252
kmusheno@aucd.org

Contact: Kim Musheno
Director of Legislative Affairs
301-588-8252
kmusheno@aucd.org
www.aucd.org

SILVER SPRING, MD (November 12, 2005) – The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is pleased to announce that Lisa D. Ekman has been hired to work on the legislative affairs team as Senior Policy Analyst. Lisa has extensive public policy experience and a demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of people with disabilities having worked for more than six years on disability policy both on the Hill and for the Social Security Administration. She joins AUCD on November 14, 2005.

Prior to coming to AUCD, Ekman worked for the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee on detail from the Social Security Administration where she worked with disability policy staff to achieve bipartisan consensus on several issues important to the disability community, including long term care legislation. She also worked as a legislative fellow on disability in the offices of Senator Jim Jeffords (I-VT) and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA). She served as policy analyst for the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel of the Social Security Administration. In addition, Ekman worked on state legislative issues while on staff of the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) at their Colorado headquarters.

"We are thrilled to have Lisa here at AUCD," stated Kim Musheno, Director of Legislative Affairs. "Having worked with Lisa on the development of the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act (S. 1951), legislation AUCD strongly supports, I witnessed first hand how adept she is at creating an atmosphere in which a diverse groups of people can work together to achieve bipartisan consensus on policy matters. These skills will serve her well here at AUCD."

The AUCD network represents every state and most territories in the United States and over 100 universities and medical schools. Through its members, AUCD serves as a resource for local, state, national and international agencies, organizations and policy-makers concerned about people living with developmental and other disabilities and their families.

About AUCD
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), located in Silver Spring, MD, is a national, non-profit, membership organization that promotes and supports a national network of interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practices through research, education and services for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities.

The AUCD network represents every state and most territories in the United States and over 100 universities and medical schools. Through its members, AUCD serves as a resource for local, state, national and international agencies, organizations and policy-makers concerned about people living with developmental and other disabilities and their families.

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