Disability Rights Maryland (DRM) is excited to welcome Robin Murphy as our new Executive Director, she begins today, November 27, 2017.
“We are very pleased that Robin will be leading DRM,” said Kim Fusco, Board President. “Robin is a dedicated leader with great vision and passion to serve the disability rights community.”
Ms. Murphy comes to DRM after a long career committed to advocacy on behalf of underserved individuals and groups to protect and promote their legal rights.
A teenage hospital candy-striper who was headed toward a career in social work, Ms. Murphy sought experiences during and after her undergraduate degree working with people with mental health and developmental disabilities in a state hospital and group homes. In those settings, she realized that rather than counsel individuals disadvantaged by unequal treatment and opportunities, she wanted to attack structural problems and “change systems to be more equitable and fair for all people,” she says.
A graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law, Ms. Murphy has since spent over twenty-five years working for legal advocacy nonprofits as well as state and federal government organizations throughout the country, including the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, the Arizona Center for Disability Law, and others. Most recently she has served as chief counsel of civil programs for the National Legal Aid and Defender Association.
“DRM has an outstanding reputation for providing excellent and effective advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities with a very solid foundation of support,” Ms. Murphy noted. As Executive Director, she looks forward to expanding and diversifying the organization’s funding sources-especially in light of potential federal funding cuts under the current administration-and in helping increase public awareness about the value DRM provides to Marylanders.
“I am honored to join DRM’s talented and committed staff and board,” said Murphy.
Disability Rights Maryland (DRM) is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization advocating to improve the lives of Marylanders with disabilities. Combined Federal Campaign #76352; United Way/Maryland Charities Campaign #5178.
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