CDT’s project on Disability Rights and Algorithmic Fairness is guided by our AI-Disability Rights advisory council, which includes leading experts in disability policy, many of whom are disabled themselves.
Azza A. Altiraifi
Senior Program Manager,
Azza Altiraifi (she/they) is a Black, Mad & Disabled advocate living in northern Virginia, and a member of the Abolition and Disability Justice Collective. Azza’s work is rooted in abolitionist praxis, and a fierce commitment to the principles of radical solidarity, interdependence, and sustainability. In their full-time capacity, Azza works as a senior program manager at the Groundwork Collaborative. Prior to joining Groundwork, Azza was a research and advocacy manager at the Center for American Progress’ disability policy initiative. In that role, Azza spearheaded advocacy campaigns as well as researched and published articles on mental health policy, surveillance, and advancing economic security for disabled people. Azza holds a bachelor’s degree in law and society from American University. Outside of work, Azza enjoys hiking, traveling, playing with her dog, and photographing weddings with her husband Haithem.
Carol R. Miaskoff*
Associate Legal Counsel
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Carol R. Miaskoff* is the Associate Legal Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. As director of the Office of Legal Counsel, she provides legal advice to the Commission on a wide range of matters, and oversees defense of the Chair and the Commission in litigation when stakeholders challenge Commission rules, guidance, and actions in court. She also is responsible for managing development of the Commission regulations and guidance under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Equal Pay Act, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. Ms. Miaskoff graduated from Harvard University and the George Washington University Law School, with high honors. Ms. Miaskoff guest lectures at a Georgetown University undergraduate class on Women and the Law, and in 2020 will serve on the advisory board for a Georgetown University Law Center project on Algorithmic Fairness and People with Disabilities.
Claudia L. Gordon
Director of Government and Compliance
Claudia L. Gordon is the Director of Government and Compliance with Sprint Accessibility, a Business Unit within Sprint Corporation that offers communication products and services to reduce or eliminate communication barriers for customers with disabilities. Claudia was a member of the Obama Administration from December 2009 to January 2017, initially serving as Special Assistant to the Director of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and then as OFCCP’s Chief of Staff. From July 2013 to March 2014 Claudia was assigned to the White House Office of Public Engagement where she served as the liaison to the disability community and advised on disability policies. Prior to DOL, she was a Senior Policy Advisor with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. She is a former staff attorney with the National Association of the Deaf Law and Advocacy Center, and has also worked as a consulting attorney with the National Council on Disability.
Damien Patrick Williams
PhD Candidate in Science, Technology, and Society
Damien Patrick Williams is a PhD candidate in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society, at Virginia Tech. Damien researches how the values, knowledge systems, philosophies, social structures, religious beliefs, and lived experiences of humans can affect the creation and use of algorithms, machine intelligence, biotechnological interventions, and other technological systems and artifacts. More on Damien’s research can be found at A Future Worth Thinking About.
Eve L. Hill
Co-Leader, Inclusivity Strategic Consulting Group
Brown Goldstein & Levy
In February 2017, Eve Hill, one of the nation’s leading disability rights attorneys, joined Brown Goldstein & Levy, where she continues to pursue her devotion to civil rights. Eve is co-leader of Inclusivity, BGL’s Strategic Consulting Group. From 2011 to January 2017, Eve served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, where she was responsible for oversight of the Division’s disability rights, education, and Title VI enforcement, and the American Indian Working Group. Eve is the former Senior Vice President at the Burton Blatt Institute of Syracuse University, where she was responsible for the Institute’s work on the Americans with Disabilities Act, disability civil rights, and communications issues. Preceding her employment at the Burton Blatt Institute, Eve was the District of Columbia’s first Director of the Office of Disability Rights, responsible for ensuring compliance with the ADA throughout District government. As the Executive Director of the Disability Rights Legal Center at Loyola Law School, Eve managed all aspects of this non-profit disability rights organization and supervised all major programs, including the Civil Rights Litigation Project, Disability Mediation Center, Cancer Legal Resource Center, Community Outreach Program, and Education Advocacy Project.
Technology Policy Consultant
American Association of People with Disabilities
Henry Claypool is a Technology Policy Consultant for the American Association of People with Disabilities. He is the former Director of the Health and Human Services Office on Disability and a founding Principal Deputy Administrator of the Administration for Community Living. He also served as a presidentially-appointed member of the Federal Commission on Long-Term Care, advising Congress on how long-term care can be better provided and financed for the nation’s older adults and people with disabilities, now and in the future, and was Executive Vice President of the American Association of People with Disabilities, which promotes equal opportunity, economic power, independent living and political participation for people with disabilities. He is a senior fellow at the Future of Privacy Forum, Policy Director at the Community Living Policy Center at Brandeis University, and principal of Claypool Consulting.
Jabari “AJ” Link
Co-President & Co-Founder
National Disabled Law Students Association
AJ Link received his JD from The George Washington University Law School. He serves on several advisory boards that focus on disability advocacy and justice. AJ is openly autistic. He was a 2020 Disability:IN NextGen Leader and was inducted into the Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame. AJ is currently pursuing an LL.M in Space Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law, while also chairing The Center for Air and Space Law Task Force on Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Aerospace and a Senior Editor of the Journal of Space Law. He works as a research director for the Jus Ad Astra project and serves as co-president of the National Disabled Law Students Association, which he co-founded.
Haas Distinguished Chair of Disability Studies & Professor of Anthropology
Karen Nakamura is a cultural and visual anthropologist whose research focuses on disability, sexuality, and minority social movements in contemporary Japan. Her first book, Deaf in Japan, was on sign language, identity, and deaf social movements. She recently finished a second book on schizophrenia and mental illness in Japan entitled, A Disability of the Soul. For the past year, she has been working on a project exploring the intersections of disability, gender, and sexuality. Karen is the Haas Distinguished Chair of Disability Studies and Professor of Anthropology at UC Berkeley.
Rebecca B. Bond*
Chief, Disability Rights Section
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
Rebecca Bond* is an experienced and dedicated civil rights advocate with a deep personal commitment to disability rights. She is the Chief of the Disability Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division in the U.S. Department of Justice. She previously served as a Trial Attorney and a Deputy Chief of the Division’s Housing and Civil Enforcement Section, taking on Fair Housing Act, sexual harassment, race discrimination, and disability cases, as well as cases under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, and Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. She became a Deputy Chief of the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section in 2006, where, in addition to supervising litigation, she was the Section’s Legal and Policy Counsel, oversaw the Fair Housing Testing Program, and chaired the Section’s professional development committee. Ms. Bond is a 1997 graduate of Harvard Law School and a 1993 graduate of Yale University. She joined the Division in 2000 after clerking and practicing law in Puerto Rico and California.
Rua M. Williams
Assistant Professor in Computer Graphics and Technology
Rua Williams is an Assistant Professor in Computer Graphics and Technology at Purdue University. They earned their PhD from the Human Centered Computing program at the University of Florida’s Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering Department. They were a student in Dr. Juan Gilbert’s Human Experience Research Lab. Rua is studying interactions between technology design, computing research practices, and Disability Justice.
Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Information Science, Cornell University
Solon is a Principal Researcher in the New York City lab of Microsoft Research and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Science at Cornell University. He is also a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Solon’s current research explores ethical and policy issues in artificial intelligence, particularly fairness in machine learning, methods for bringing accountability to automated decision-making, and the privacy implications of inference. He co-founded the workshop on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency in Machine Learning (FAT/ML) and later established the ACM conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAccT).
Tifanei Nikol Ressl-Moyer
Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Fellow
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
Tifanei arrived at Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area from Disability Rights California, where she worked as a Staff Attorney for the Mental Health Practice Group. There she litigated cases regarding dangerous jail conditions, pushed for reducing jail populations, and advocated for local government to prioritize community-led mental health services in lieu of incarceration. Tifanei led investigations of juvenile halls, calling on facility administrators to abolish the use of pepper spray on children and to center the needs of children of color with disabilities. And she provided direct services to people with intersecting marginalized identities and complex claims, including transgender youth with mental health needs who face extreme isolation in jail. Tifanei is a Law for Black Lives 2019 Fellow. She has served as Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement and as a Board Member of National Lawyers’ Guild Sacramento Chapter. She is also a founding member of the Decarcerate Sacramento coalition, which successfully organized to halt Sacramento County from accepting a multi-million dollar lease-revenue-bond from the state to expand the county’s jail capacity without a comprehensive plan to reduce the jail population. Tifanei has designed and led trainings on the intersection of race, gender, and disability for attorneys, advocates, and the media. Ask her about it and she is sure to tell you that disability justice, a practice that examines how disability intersects with other forms of oppression, is an essential component of racial justice.
*Serving in personal capacity only