Incoming ECNV Executive Director Brewster Thackeray is an advocate for independence, inclusion and full opportunities for people with disabilities. Under the mentorship of the National Organization on Disability’s Founding President, Alan Reich, he worked on the quadrennial N.O.D./Harris Poll Survey of Americans with Disabilities that fueled the national disability agenda by measuring elements of American life where people with disabilities have participation gaps compared to the rest of the population. He also participated in the development and promotion of N.O.D.’s Accessible America Contest, saluting cities and towns that are role models of accessibility and inclusion.
From 2004 to 2010, Mr. Thackeray helped the nation’s largest membership association, AARP, launch its Livable Communities effort to increase opportunities for people to live and thrive in their communities regardless of their age or disabilities. As AARP’s Disability Community Liaison he built alliances between disability and aging advocates on overlapping areas of interest. Mr. Thackeray subsequently advised the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration on disability policies and civil rights issues.
A resident of Northern Virginia since 1996, Mr. Thackeray lives in Alexandria, where he is a Board Member of the Lincolnia Park Civic Association. He holds a degree in government from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, and a Master’s in Public Communication from American University in Washington, DC. He has served on the Boards and Steering Committees of national and local disability and transportation organizations and has been an advisor on disability issues to political campaigns.