Marcie Roth Named WID’s Executive Director/CEO


Berkeley, CA. (September 12, 2019) – Today, the Board of Directors of the World Institute on Disability (WID), has announced that Marcie Roth has been selected as the new full-time Executive Director/CEO. Ms. Roth, a well-recognized  disability rights advocate, will begin her new position on September 24, 2019. WID’s Board Chair, Kevin Foster said that he and the Board members are “excited about the future of WID under Marcie’s leadership.” He went on to say that he is “incredibly grateful to Anita Aaron for leading WID  for the past 10 years and creating an environment that will allow the new ED/CEO, Marcie Roth, to have a global impact at WID for many years to come.”

Photo of Marcie Roth, a white woman with light brown hair. She is wearing red glasses, pearls, and a navy blue jacket. Text says "Please join us in welcoming Marcie Roth, Executive Director/CEO, World Institute on Disability"

Marcie Roth is currently the CEO of the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, Inc. and President/CEO of Inclusive Emergency Management Strategies. The Partnership provides strategic leadership for a national coalition of hundreds of disability emergency management and disaster response stakeholders. She also provides expert consulting on disaster risk reduction globally through Inclusive Emergency Management Strategies.

Prior to that, Ms. Roth served as Senior Advisor to the FEMA Administrator and Director of the Office of Disability Integration and Coordination where she transformed the government’s approach to whole community inclusive emergency management, before during and after disasters.

Upon being named Executive Director/CEO, Ms. Roth stated “I am so honored to be the next ED/CEO of WID.  When I think of WID’s legacy and their past leaders, I realize how fortunate I am to be part of its future.  I look forward to working with WID’s committed board, staff, and stakeholders across the nation and globally to ensure that WID represents and serves our diverse community to ensure full inclusion for all people with disabilities.

Marcie Roth is the recipient of many awards and honors including the 2017 Hilton Foundation Fellowship, Handicap International, the Zelmanowitz Humanitarian Award, many awards from FEMA including the Administrator’s award and the Leadership Award from FEMA and the State Department for her work during the Haiti Earthquake Response. However, she is most proud of the Disability Leader of the Year Award she received from WID in 2009.

Marcie Roth has over 24 years of non-profit and government experience leading and guiding national, federal and global organizations with advocacy and public policy missions focusing on disability rights, accessibility, community inclusion, emergency preparedness, disaster response and recovery, climate change adaptation, humanitarian action, healthcare access, employment, inclusive school and community services, assistive technology, and leadership development.

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Based in Berkeley, California, the World Institute on Disability (WID) is a nonprofit that works to fully integrate people with disabilities into the communities around them via research, policy, and consulting efforts.

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One thought on “Marcie Roth Named WID’s Executive Director/CEO

  1. Joan Leon

    I’m delighted to welcome you to the World Institute on Disability. Obviously you have the experience and the passion to lead WID on its next growth spurt. I hope it includes a strong emphasis on emergency readiness that includes people with disabilities.

    As a founder and past president, I wash you well, and would be happy to support you in any way I can..

    Joan Leon

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