About Us

For over forty years, NOD has fought to create a more inclusive and equitable society where people with and without disabilities have equal opportunity to find work, earn a fair wage, and advance in their career. Through our proprietary tools and resources, data analysis, hands-on support, and thought leadership, we have achieved real change and positively impacted millions.

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We give businesses the tools they need to create welcoming, accommodating workplaces. Companies that have improved their inclusion of people with disabilities over time were four times more likely to have total shareholder returns that outperform those of their peer group.

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of Americans have a disability
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of Americans with disabilities are employed
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of disabilities are non-visible
Text reads "when I was in school I had never seen anyone in a wheelchair." Alan Reich speaking at the podium in front of the UN General Assembly

NOD was founded in 1982 by Alan Reich, a former Deputy Secretary of State who sustained severe spinal injuries in a diving accident at the age of 32. He then became an early advocate for disability and years later founded the National Organization on Disability. Alan was the first person to address the United Nations from a wheelchair. In four decades, we have built and evolved his model to help create a world where people with disabilities can achieve dignity through equitable opportunity.

Meet the Team

Beth Sirull

Beth Sirull,
Chief Executive Officer

Bernard

Bernard Blake,
Director of Finance and Operations

Charles

Charles-Edouard Catherine,
Director, Corporate and Government Relations

Felicia Nurmsen, Managing Director of Employer Services, NOD
Felicia Nurmsen, Managing Director of Employer Services, NOD

Felicia Nurmsen,
Managing Director, Workforce Solutions

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Patricia Steele,
Chief Communications Officer

Sara Walsh,
Chief Operating Officer

Amber Cecil,
Associate Director of Brand Strategy

Charlotte

Charlotte Ohl,
Special Assistant to the President

Daniel Golden headshot

Daniel Golden,
Communications Associate

Dan

Daniel Wynn,
Special Projects Manager

John

John Stegner,
Senior Manager of Corporation and Foundation Relations

Josef

Josef Pevsner,
Senior Manager, Research & Innovation Programs

Lorena

Lorena Chelaru,
Talent and Administrative Associate

Margaret Ling, Project Assistant, Employer Services, NOD
Margaret Ling, Project Assistant, Employer Services, NOD

Margaret Ling,
Program Manager, Workforce Solutions

Paulina

Paulina Romero,
Partnerships Manager

Shonica

Shonica Charles, Finance and Operations Associate