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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

United States International Council on Disabilities appoints Isabel Hodge new Executive Director

The United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) Board of Directors has recently announced to the Membership of USICD that our Executive Director for over eight years, David Morrissey, is leaving the organization at the end of June 2017.

David Morrissey-Senator Al Franken-Isabel Hodge.
David's collaborative style, leadership skills, and hard work will be missed by everyone involved with USICD and many in the Washington, DC community, as well as in locations around the world, all of whom have benefited significantly by their interaction with David. 

In notifying the board, David wrote,

It is the people I have been so fortunate to work with that I will miss most. Leading the organization has been the highlight of my career and an honor. Together, we developed USICD's projects and partnerships, raised our collective voice calling for disability rights and inclusion around the world, and brought people together across borders to build a global disability community. I am grateful for all of the members, friends and supporters who make this work possible. USICD's mission is important and I will always support it and remain engaged. 

The USICD Board of Directors is
 pleased to announce its appointment of Deputy Director Isabel Hodge as the new Executive Director beginning July 1, 2017 Isabel's extensive work with and on behalf of people with disabilities around the world, combined with what she has already accomplished for USICD, made her the obvious choice to work with all of us and guide USICD into its next exciting stage of development.  From her federal career at the Department of Defense and her work with Wheelchairs for Kids International, to her tireless advocacy for the United States to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Isabel's organizational leadership, financial and administrative skills, and commitment to global disability rights have shined brightly, and all of us on the USICD Board are thrilled to continue working with her in this advanced leadership role.
source: press release May 24, 2017

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