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.
Perriello, who has had a visual disability since childhood and ADHD, has a proven track record of increasing organizational standing with decision makers through creative and high-impact grassroots and grass-tops programs across America. As a political strategist, he oversaw highly successful efforts to elect candidates to office at the federal, state, and local level.
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. Prior to that, Perriello served in leadership roles at the Human Rights Campaign, Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, and Leadership Institute.
Perriello also previously worked as Vice President at BNA Communications and as a Senior Associate at Scott + Yandura.
Perriello is the founding treasurer of the Disability PAC, which is the only federal cross-disability political action committee. He is also a board member of Disability Power & Pride.
Perriello is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, with a B.A. in Religious Studies.