Welcoming in the 2019 WID Board of Directors

The start of every new year is an inspiring time. The first few winter months serve as a benchmark for taking stock of values and appreciating growth, and each fresh start is accompanied by hope, anticipation, and ambition. Here at the World Institute on Disability, we have the pleasure of ringing in 2019 with a new assembly of officers and members as our executive board. These esteemed people have committed to upholding WID’s mission and helping extend our reach to better facilitate disability empowerment. This new grouping of members has already inspired ambitious goals and WID is starting off 2019 with strong optimism.

We are very excited to welcome long-term member Kevin Foster to his new position as Chair, along with five new members to the Board of Directors. These are representatives of the disability justice movement who we are confident will be incredible leaders in these new roles. Please join us in warmly welcoming Kevin to his new position as Board Chair.

Kevin Foster stands on stage at a mic, smiling out at the crowd
Kevin Foster at WID’s Ever Widening Circle Reception in 2018 | Photo by Ripley Hayden

Kevin Foster is a human resources and diversity professional who has previously worked with Motorola Solutions for over twenty years. As he begins his term as Board Chair, Kevin is leading WID staff in external assessment exercises to creatively and thoughtfully examine WID’s impact. His goals include analyzing feedback and developing new strategic plans to better serve the needs of a changing and evolving world.

He is joined by new members:
Zachary Bastian, Manager, Public Policy & Strategic Alliances at Verizon, who coordinates policy creation and negotiation with organizations to best reflect diverse and intersectional communities.

Bryanna Evans, Manager of External Affairs at CTIA, who manages CTIA’s accessibility initiative-Access Wireless-acting as a key convener between industry and leaders in the accessibility community.

Kiran Kaja, Technical Program Manager with Google, who works on accessibility and ensures that assistant-based products and features are useful to everyone including users with disabilities

Kamilah Martin-Proctor, Chair DC Commission on Persons with Disabilities, Founder of the Martin Multiple Sclerosis Alliance Foundation (MMSAF) and who has served as Vice-Chair on President Barack Obama‘s National Council on Disability.

Susan P. Mazrui, Director of Public Policy at AT&T, who works on public policy issues related to disability and aging, and serves as the liaison with national disability organizations for AT&T Services Inc.

While we welcome these incoming members and celebrate Kevin Foster’s new role, we would be remiss to not pay our respects to Carol J. Bradley and her incredible leadership, who served as WID’s Chair from 2016 to 2018 and remains on WID’s board as Immediate Past Chair. She also remains a Disability Compliance Officer with the Sutter Health Office of the General Counsel. We appreciate Carol’s dedication to our organization and we are thrilled to have her remain with us throughout the oncoming years.

Foster, Bradley, Bastian, Evans, Kaja, Martin-Proctor and Mazrui join WID’s current board members, of whom you may view in total on our Meet Our Board page.

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