California’s protection & advocacy system

For legal assistance call 800-776-5746. For all other purposes call 916-504-5800 in Northern CA

or 213-213-8000 in Southern CA. TTY 800-719-5798.


Board of Directors of Disability Rights California

Introducing the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors guides Disability Rights California (DRC) in developing and fulfilling its mission and vision. Board of Directors roster

Our Board reflects the diverse constituency served by us and the Board’s own commitment to that diversity. At least a majority of the Board is comprised of people with disabilities and the Board makes every effort to ensure that Board appointments reflect the socioeconomic, ethnic, geographic and disability diversity of California.

Board members are appointed based on a demonstrated interest and experience in issues affecting Californians with disabilities. In order to ensure appropriate oversight of our legal work at least 20% of the members of the Board are attorneys licensed to practice law in California.

Our Board meets four times per year in locations throughout the state. Board meeting calendar. All travel, room, and board expenses connected with the Board meeting are paid for by DRC. We also provide reasonable disability-related accommodations for Board members. Members are not paid an honorarium for their services. Review the Board of Directors job description, How to apply and Frequently asked questions about our Board of Directors.

Public Members on Board Committees

The Board believes that it is important to hear from and work with members of California’s diverse disability community. To help ensure that these diverse communities influence the Board’s work, the Board Committees include public members. Public members serve as full members on these Committees. They receive all Committee materials and vote on matters that come before the Committee. Public members serve one - three year term. Committees include Finance, Legislation, Program and Planning, Nominating, and Fundraising. In Addition, the Board officers serve on the Executive Committee. Learn more about the Board Committees.

Board Members 2016

Photo of some 2016 Board members

Board Advisory Committees

DRC also has two Advisory Committees that advise the Board on policies and priorities. The PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Act) Advisory Council is required by federal law and provides advice regarding services to persons with psychiatric disabilities; reviews PAIMI goals and priorities and assists in the annual PAIMI Program Performance Review process. The OCRA (Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy) Advisory Committee provides advice regarding services to consumers of the regional centers and is required by our contract with the Department of Developmental Disabilities.