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Chris is the Executive Director of the Disability Law Center, a position she held previously from 1996 to 2005. She served in that capacity until February 2018 when she retired to care for her husband who has Alzheimers.
Prior to that, Ms. Griffin served as the Assistant Secretary for Disability Policies and Programs for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services. She was responsible for overseeing the Department of Developmental Services, the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and the Soldiers’ Homes in Chelsea and Holyoke. Additionally, she had cross-Secretariat responsibility for disability related policies and programs.
Ms. Griffin has an extensive history of work in disability across public and private sectors. As Deputy Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, she was responsible for the federal agencies implementation of President Obama’s Executive Order on Increasing Employment of Individuals with Disabilities in the Federal Workforce, planned and implemented the first federal hiring event for people with disabilities and oversaw the creation of a newly established Government-wide Diversity and Inclusion Office.
As a Commissioner on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, she oversaw the development of enforcement policies and planned and presided over public EEOC hearings and investigations of federal employee complaints. She also established the LEAD (Leadership for Employment of Americans with Disabilities) Initiative, a national outreach and education campaign to address the declining number of federal employees with severe disabilities.
Ms Griffin began her legal career as a Skadden Fellow at the Disability Law Center where she provided, outreach, training and representation on ADA issues to un-served and underserved communities within the disability community in Massachusetts.
She has a history of providing capable leadership on a range of disability policy issues. She is currently a member of the Board of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and a member of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council.
Ms. Griffin served on active duty in the United States Army from 1974 until 1977. She holds a law degree from Boston College and earned her undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.