Christine Liao

Christine Liao

American Association of People with Disabilities

Mentoring is investing in hope for a more equitable and inclusive society. It requires action from both the mentors and mentees to learn, teach, reflect, and uplift one another. Mentoring is an opportunity to put our values into practice toward building a better collective future.

Christine Liao (she/her) is the Sr. Programs Director for the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). Her portfolio includes several of AAPD’s national programs that focus on career advancement, leadership development, and community building for emerging leaders with disabilities. She has extensive experience serving the disability and deaf and disability communities in mental health, health care, academic, and community settings in both of her native languages, American Sign Language and English. For the majority of her professional career, Christine has focused on developing and implementing equitable programs and opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities. Through her work, Christine gained experience practicing universal design, program planning, community outreach, community organizing, and creating accessible spaces.

Christine earned her MSW from Arizona State University’s School of Social Work, with an emphasis on policy, planning, and community organizing. She holds a BS degree in Psychology with a minor in American Sign Language from the University of Washington. She has served as a Board member or advisory member of the Asian Americans with Disabilities Initiative and for the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial Legacy Committee.