An attorney with more than a quarter century of experience in disability public policy, Mark Richert serves as the Director of Public Policy for National Disability Institute. Prior to joining NDI’s Washington, D.C. office staff in January 2019, he was the Director, Public Policy and Senior Advisor, Strategic Initiatives, for the American Foundation for the Blind for more than 13 years. Mr. Richert is a recognized leader in the disability policy community, serving as a co-chair for several task forces for the 100 organizations strong Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD). Among other accomplishments, Mr. Richert’s advocacy led to the enactment of the landmark Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, the most comprehensive disability policy to become law since the historic Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and which has begun a revolution in accessible and usable technology for all people with disabilities. His breadth of experience in issues from special education to health care, and from intellectual property to employment policy, serves him well as he shapes and executes NDI’s public policy agenda to advance the economic self-sufficiency of all people with disabilities. Mr. Richert earned his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1993.