NEW YORK, July 20, 2021 / PRNewswire / – United Spinal Association today announced that it has appointed Javier Robles, assistant professor at Rutgers University; Dr David Mann, Senior researcher at Mathematica; Christophe Pangilinan, head of global policy, public transport at Uber; and Keaston White, Lawyer-Advisor in the Office of the Solicitor, the United States Department of the Interior to its Board of Directors for a period of 3 years.
“We are delighted to welcome four new board members this year as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of United Spinal who exemplify our commitment to building an inclusive world and strengthening the voices of under-represented members of the United Spinal community. People with Disabilities. It is essential that our board of directors represents the diversity of the population we support so that we can provide the best possible service, ”said Vincenzo Piscopo, President and CEO of the United Spinal Association.
Javier Robles, a wheelchair user who is currently an adjunct teacher at Rutgers University, is also the former president of Thisabled, LLC, an organization that provides support to people with disabilities through empowerment and persistence. Robles was Deputy Director of the NJ Disability Services Division until 2010, which provides monthly services to more than 19,000 people with disabilities. He worked as a project officer for the NJ Medicaid Infrastructure Grant, which sought to change employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Robles was a delegate and founding member of the Latino Leadership Alliance of NJ, a statewide umbrella organization for Hispanic agencies and businesses. He graduated from Seton Hall Law School in 1995 with a double degree in Sociology and Puerto Rican and Caribbean Studies from Rutgers University in 1989.
Dr. David Mann, a wheelchair user who is a principal investigator at Mathematica, focuses on programs that provide employment or income support to young people and working-age adults with disabilities. Mann helped evaluate Social Security Administration initiatives that promote employment for Supplementary Security Income recipients and Social Security Disability Insurance recipients, including Ticket to Work, the demonstration national benefit compensation and promotional demonstration of opportunities. He has also played a key role in several projects examining the outcomes of vocational rehabilitation clients, including transitional youth with disabilities. Mann received a doctorate in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011.
Christophe Pangilinan, wheelchair user, professional transport engineer and global public transport policy manager at Uber strives to create safe, reliable and sustainable urban transport options. He is particularly interested in the use of data and new technologies to reshape today’s transportation services. Pangilinan was a transit engineering team leader, transportation engineer, and transit planner for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency from 2010 to 2014, where he analyzed MetroCard scan data from 6 million passengers. New York City Transit dailies over a 4-year period to understand changes in the ridership pattern system. Christophe graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006 with a master’s degree in transport. In 2004 he obtained a BS in Civil Engineering from Portland State University.
Keaston White, a wheelchair user and voice actor, currently works as a legal counsel in the Office of the Attorney General of the United States Department of the Interior. Despite living with a spinal cord injury, Keaston graduated from high school at the top of his class and earned a psychology degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 2009. He graduated from John Marshall Law School in 2012 and passed the helm on the first try. Keaston is also a motivational speaker and member of the Shepherd Center’s Peer Support Program, which mentors others with spinal or brain injuries.
The board of directors of United Spinal manages, supervises and controls the affairs, property and affairs of the organization, except as expressly provided otherwise by law, the articles of the company or the regulations.
The full list of board members and officers is available on the United Spinal website at www.unitedspinal.org.
About the United Spinal Association
Formed in 1946 by crippled veterans, United Spinal is a national 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Americans with spinal cord injuries and disorders ( SCI / D). Membership is free and open to all people with SCI / D, with over 53,000 members in 50 chapters nationwide. Known for its groundbreaking advocacy efforts, United Spinal was instrumental in drafting the Americans with Disabilities Act, made significant contributions to the Fair Housing Amendments Act and the Air Carrier Access Act, and played a key role in getting sidewalk and public transportation ramps accessible in New York City, which created the standard accessibility model used in many cities across the United States.
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