AAPD Staff Member
President and CEO
Mark Perriello is the President and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the nation’s largest disability rights organization. AAPD is a powerful force for change, focused on promoting equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities and our family, friends, and supporters.
Perriello, who has had a visual disability since childhood ADHD, brings a powerful vision to his work at AAPD. He believes in an America where all people, including people with disabilities, are treated equally. To get there, he and the team at AAPD are forging a bold new path for disability rights; one where our people and politics are incorporated into mainstream society and were disability issues remain at the forefront of the public debate.
Drawing on his experience working for organizations like the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, Perriello brings a unique vantage point and set of skills to his work at AAPD. This has to the creation of innovative efforts to engage employers the Disability Equality Indexa partnership between AAPD and USBLN assess a company’s performance on a range of disability issues. Similarly, the new Dole Leadership Series was created to train the next generation of leaders with disabilities, while helping them build connections that can last a lifetime. AAPD’s new effort to connect to everyday Americans with disabilities by organizing local volunteer steering committees will expand the number and diversity of those advocating for disability equality.
Before joining AAPD, Perriello served as the White House Liaison at the U.S. Department of the Interior and worked as the White House Priority Placement Director, where he was instrumental in placing diverse candidates in jobs in the administration. Due in large part to his work, the Obama Administration is one of the most diverse in U.S. history.
Perriello is a member of the AT&T Consumer Advisory Panel, Anthem’s National Advisory Board, and was appointed by U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez to serve on the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities.
Perriello is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, with a B.A. in Religious Studies.