Disability Rights California Announces Selection of Andy Arias as the New Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA)

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Disability Rights California Announces Selection of Andy Arias as the New Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA)

Disability Rights California (DRC) is excited to announce the selection of Andy Arias as the new Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) beginning December 1, 2022.

Andy Arias says, "I’m excited about this new chapter and working for the largest disability rights organization in the country. I believe equity begins with empathy and understanding. When we gain understanding, we adapt new ideas toward equity.”  

Andy identifies as he/him, Latinx, a person with a disability, and part of the LGBTQIA2S+ community. He spent most of his childhood in the foster youth system. These experiences led him to dedicate his career to advocating for equal opportunities for people with disabilities and access to intersectional disability communities.  

Andy Arias portrait Photo: Andy Arias

Andy brings extensive experience to DRC, most recently as the Policy Advisor with the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), where he served for the last six and a half years. Some initiatives he has worked on include supporting the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. In addition, Andy worked on advancing equity for people with disabilities through employment and economic empowerment. 

One of Andy’s other passions is advocating in the entertainment industry by creating visible pathways as an actor and stand-up comedian. He has been a consultant with producers and directors to develop greater media visibility for people with disabilities. He has also produced several projects bringing attention to persons with disabilities and the LGBTQIA2S+ community. 

Andy Imparato, Executive Director of DRC, says, “DRC has been on a journey to champion and model diversity, equity, inclusion, and access both internally and in our public-facing advocacy. Andy Arias is a multi-talented intersectional leader who will help us take this work to another level. We are so excited and grateful to have him join our team."

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Media Contacts

Melody Pomraning
Communications Director
Disability Rights California
(916) 504-5938
Melody.Pomraning@disabilityrightsca.org

 

Disability Rights California (DRC) – Is the agency designated under federal law to protect and advocate for the rights of Californians with disabilities. The mission of DRC is to defend, advance, and strengthen the rights and opportunities of people with disabilities. For more information visit: https://www.disabilityrightsca.org