Andrew J Imparato

President and Chief Executive Officer
American Association of People with Disabilities


President and Chief Executive Officer American Association of People with Disabilities. Andrew J. Imparato is the first full-time President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), a national non-profit, non-partisan membership organization of people with disabilities, their family members and supporters that was founded in 1995. AAPD pursues its mission of political and economic empowerment of all people with disabilities through public policy advocacy and programs fostering leadership development, mentoring and career exploration, voting and civic participation, and member benefits. Since Imparato joined AAPD in 1999, the organization has more than quadrupled its membership, its annual budget, and its staff size. With more than 100,000 members, AAPD is the largest cross-disability membership organization in the U.S. Prior to joining AAPD, Imparato was general counsel and director of policy for the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency advising the President and the Congress on public policy issues affecting people with disabilities. Imparato has also worked as a special assistant to Commissioner Paul Steven Miller at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; as Counsel to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy, chaired by Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa; and as a Skadden fellow/staff attorney at the Disability Law Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Imparato, whose perspective is informed by his personal experience with bipolar disorder, is frequently called upon to write, speak or provide testimony about disability issues. He has testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging; U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Housing and Transportation; U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space; U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Health; U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor; U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; U.S. Civil Rights Commission; and the Institute of Medicine. In October of 2003, Imparato was appointed by Senator Tom Daschle to the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel of the Social Security Administration. From 2005 through 2007, Imparato chaired the Panel's committee that developed a proposal to transform public policy in a way that more consistently supports employment, asset development, and adequate health and long-term care for people with disabilities. In 2004, Imparato was appointed by Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich to the Maryland Statewide Independent Living Council. He was reappointed to that body by Governor Martin O'Malley in 2007. Andrew J. Imparato bio, page two In September 2005, Imparato was honored by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce ("Jaycees") as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA) between the ages of 18 and 40. The TOYA award is presented annually by the Jaycees to ten individuals who have demonstrated leadership and service to humanity. In July 2006, Imparato received the "Universal Accessible Transportation Award" from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta for his efforts to make public transportation accessible to everyone. In October 2006, Imparato received the Secretary's Highest Recognition Award from U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt "for commanding leadership of AAPD in politically and economically empowering all people with disabilities through public policy advocacy and programs." Imparato has been featured on ABC News, CNN, CBS News, CourtTV, National Public Radio, The O'Reilly Factor, Fox Sports, C-SPAN, and other broadcast and print media. His opeds have appeared in The Washington Post, San Diego Union Tribune, and other outlets. His analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings relating to disability rights appears in The Rehnquist Court: Judicial Activism on the Right (H. Schwartz, ed., Hill and Wang, 2002). Imparato is also the co-author, with civil rights attorney Claudia Center, of an article in the Spring 2003 issue of the Stanford Law and Policy Review entitled "Redefining �Disability' Discrimination: A Proposal for Restoring Civil Rights for All Workers." Imparato was elected in October, 2003 to the Executive Committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the nation's largest and oldest coalition of organizations committed to promoting equal opportunity, equal justice, and mutual respect. He is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, a group of the nation's recognized experts on social insurance issues and programs. Imparato serves on the Persons with Disabilities Fund Board of Advisors for the Chicago Community Trust. Imparato serves in formal advisory roles on corporate social responsibility, diversity, accessibility, and disability marketing issues with Verizon, Time Warner, AT&T, and America Online, and informal advisory roles with IBM, Microsoft, SAP, JP Morgan Chase, and other leading businesses. Imparato graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School and is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale College. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and two sons, ages 14 and 9. Business Address:American Association of People with Disabilities, 1629 K Street, N.W., Suite 503, Washington, DC 20006, 202 457-0046 (v/tty), 800 840-8844 (v/tty), 202 457-0473 (fax), 443 386-2935 (cell),,, Bio last updated 06/08.