Jack Martin Brandt, disability policy specialist for the Partnership for People with Disabilities in the VCU School of Education, has been appointed chair of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.
In 2010, Brandt was first appointed to the committee, which serves as a federal advisory committee to the president of the United States and the secretary of health and human services on matters relating to people with intellectual disabilities. The committee upholds the right of all people with intellectual disabilities to pursue a quality of life that promotes independence, self-determination and economic self-sufficiency.
Prior to joining VCU, Brandt was a disability rights advocate at the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy from 2008 to 2010, and a disability policy consultant for the State of Virginia from 2006 to 2008. He was a Governor’s Fellow at Virginia’s Office of Community Integration for People with Disabilities in 2006. He has served on the Virginia Community Integration Advisory Commission since 2011 and served on the Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council from 2006 to 2012.
He received an undergraduate degree from James Madison University and a master’s degree from VCU.