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AAPD Elects New Board Chair

Fred J. Maahs, Jr., AAPD Board Chair

Fred J. Maahs, Jr., AAPD Board Chair

WASHINGTON, DC (June 21, 2013) – Today, the Board of Directors of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) elected Fred J. Maahs, Jr. as the organization’s Board Chair. Maahs is a longtime member of the AAPD Board of Directors and a passionate leader and advocate for Americans with disabilities. As the Director of Community Investment, National Partnerships for Comcast Corporation ( and Vice President for Comcast Foundation, Maahs is responsible for the strategic leadership of Comcast’s national community partnerships with organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, City Year, Easter Seals, and a variety of diverse partnerships at the corporate and regional level.

“The AAPD Board of Directors could not have selected a stronger leader to direct the organization,” said AAPD President & CEO Mark Perriello. “Maahs’ commitment and approach to disability advocacy will propel AAPD to new levels of effectiveness when working with elected officials, business leaders, and the disability community throughout the United States.”

“I am especially honored and excited to become the new Board Chair at AAPD and to work with a diverse and dedicated group of leaders that comprise the Board,” said AAPD Board Chair, Fred Maahs. “Together, working with the very talented staff at AAPD, we will build upon the successes of former Board Chair, Joyce Bender, to elevate the impact that AAPD will have on the disability population. I am eager to get to work and to help make a difference in the lives of the millions of people who have a disability.”

Maahs takes over as Chair from Joyce Bender, who led AAPD through a period of significant growth over the past two years. Bender will remain as part of the AAPD leadership team as Immediate Past-Chair.

New officers joining Maahs on the Executive Committee are Vice Chair Mary Davis, Treasurer Ralph Boyd Jr., Secretary Merrill Friedman, and At-Large Members Will Ris, and Mitch Glazier.

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