Keri Gray, Senior Director of Stakeholder Engagement and Strategic Communications
Keri is the Senior Director of Stakeholder Engagement and Strategic Communications at the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). In her role, she works with AAPD to manage external partnerships, socially and politically mobilize people with disabilities, and engage constituents through a variety of communications platforms. These duties will help support AAPD’s mission to serve as a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities.
Keri identifies as a Black woman with disabilities and uses her experiences, political views, and programming to empower and equip professionals from marginalized communities. In her work, she actively utilizes a framework of intersectionality- meaning that her work intersects with issues surrounding people of color, women, AND people with disabilities.
Prior to AAPD, Keri worked as the Director of NextGen Initiatives at Disability:IN. She creatively designed programs for approximately 1,000 young professionals and collaborated with over 95 global fortune 500 companies to connect diverse talent to opportunities in the private sector. Keri was also an AAPD summer intern where she worked in Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office, she has worked with the National Council on Independent Living, and consulted with many organizations and institutions of higher education.
Keri was raised in Longview, Texas but currently resides in the Washington, DC metro area. She attended college at Abilene Christian University where she received Bachelor degrees in Political Science and Communication and then a Master’s degree in Communication.