Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD)
There are people (including Andy) who has mentored and are still mentoring me every day so I can be the best I can be as a leader. Therefore, I feel excited and proud, and yes, a little obligation to help others to become a leader. The reason why I say an obligation is because I really believe if people are mentoring me, I should mentor others.
We are proud to induct Liz Weintraub into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame.
A nationally respected disability leader, Liz lives and works in Maryland. She is a senior advocacy specialist on AUCD’s policy team and is the host of Tuesdays With Liz: Disability Policy For All, where she interviews people involved in policy making and advocacy to educate grassroots leaders about policy issues in a format that is more accessible than typical policy updates from Washington. She has interviewed a number of high profile elected and appointed officials including Chris Van Hollen, Bob Casey, Tom Harkin, Pete Sessions, Tom Wheeler (when he chaired the Federal Communications Commission) and several other executive branch appointees.
Prior to coming to AUCD, Liz worked for the Council on Quality & Leadership (CQL), a national nonprofit that supports excellence in the provision of services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Liz recently completed a nine-month interdisciplinary leadership training program at Georgia State University and also recently completed a four-month fellowship with Senator Casey of Pennsylvania on his Aging Committee staff, where she was part of his disability policy staff and worked with the Senate diversity office to promote more professional opportunities for people with intellectual and other types of disabilities on the Hill.
In 2011, President Barack Obama appointed Liz to serve on the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, which advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services on issues affecting the intellectual disability community. Liz is also a past chair of the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council. Liz also recently received the Dr. Cathy Pratt Award from the Autism Society of America which recognizes the Professional of the Year.