Andrew J. Imparato

Executive Director
Portrait of Andrew J. Imparato

Andy Imparato became the Executive Director of DRC on February 3, 2020.  Andy joins DRC after a high impact 26-year career in Washington, DC working inside and outside government in significant leadership positions, including 17 years as the chief executive of two national disability organizations, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).

Andy’s experience also includes serving as Senior Counsel and Disability Policy Director for Chairman Tom Harkin on the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; General Counsel and Director of Policy for the National Council on Disability; and as an attorney at the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School in 1990 and was a summa cum laude graduate of Yale College. He grew up in Los Angeles, California, is married to historian Elizabeth M. Nix, Ph.D., and has two sons, Gareth and Nicholas, who both live in Southern California.  Andy’s perspective is informed by his lived experience with bipolar disorder.

Andy is committed to “championing and modeling diversity, equity and inclusion and defining a future for disability rights advocacy that extends the reach and impact of the disability rights movement in California, the United States and globally.”