Victor Pineda is Senior Research Fellow and visiting scholar at the Haas Institute of the University of California, Berkeley. His expertise lies in the areas of disability rights, urban planning and human rights.
Pineda is the President of World Enabled, a non-profit organization that promotes the rights and dignities of persons with disabilities. He is the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) innovative research grant, a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, the Thomas Jefferson Award, the Tom Clausen Fellowship for Business and Policy, and the Paul G. Hearne Award.
He is also Adjunct Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley.
Areas of Expertise: Disability rights, urban planning, human rights
Dior Vargas is an activist and spokesperson with expertise in mental health in communities of color. She is the creator of the People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project, a venture that aims to address the invisibility of people of color in media representations of mental illness. Vargas was the recipient of The White House Champion of Change for Disability Advocacy Across Generations award. She is located in New York, New York.
Activist, Spokesperson and Creator of the People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project
Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn is an Associate Professor of International Relations at American University. His current research includes global information and communication technology, socio-economic development, and institutional mechanisms for global governance of ICTs (information and communications technology).
Associate Professor of International Relations, American University
Areas of Expertise: International communication, global disability policy, global information and communication technology and policy, transnational nongovernmental organizations and global civil society, cyberinfrastructure, accessible cyberlearning, geographically distributed collaborative learning, big data
Kathy Martinez is senior vice president of Disability Market Segment & Strategy for Wells Fargo where she works to expand the company’s capabilities and programs dedicated to serving customers with disabilities and their families.
Martinez is the former assistant secretary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) for the U.S. Department of Labor. She led ODEP in putting policy priorities into practice through several innovative grant programs. These include Add Us In, through which a nationwide consortia worked to increase the capacity of small businesses to employ people with disabilities. The grant program also included the Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program, through which several states received support to promote community-based, integrated employment as the primary outcome for people with significant disabilities.
A graduate of San Francisco State University, Martinez speaks and publishes on a wide array of topics related to disability employment, including the emergence of disability as an essential component of workplace diversity and inclusion and the importance of expectation in ensuring youth with disabilities grow up with an assumption of work—a topic on which Martinez, who herself was born blind, offers compelling and personal perspective.
Williams began her law career as a consumer advocate and freelance journalist; she continues to write a monthly column, “Diary of a Mad Law Professor,” for The Nation magazine (and blogs at madlawprofessor.wordpress.com), is a regular contributor to The Guardian newspaper. She is the author of several books, including “The Alchemy of Race and Rights,” “The Rooster’s Egg” and “Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race.”