Board of Directors of Disability Rights California

The Board of Directors guides DRC in developing and fulfilling its mission and vision.

Our Board reflects the diverse constituency we serve and the Board’s own commitment to diversity. At least a majority of the Board is comprised of people with disabilities.  The Board makes every effort to ensure 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 Board are attorneys licensed to practice law in California.

Our Board meets four times per year in locations throughout the state. DRC pays for all travel, room, and board expenses connected with Board meetings. We also provide reasonable disability-related accommodations for Board members. Members are not paid an honorarium for their services. Review the Board job description, how to apply and frequently asked questions about our Board.

Public Members on Board Committees

The Board believes it is important to hear from and work with members of California’s diverse disability community. To help ensure 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. 

Board Advisory Committees

DRC 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 about services for people 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 about services for consumers of the regional centers and is required by our contract with the Department of Developmental Disabilities.

Visit the Board Members Resource Page