The California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD) has representation from the business community, advocates and state department representation. Two Members are also appointed from the Senate Rules Committee and the Assembly Speaker. The Appointee of the Assembly Speaker and a representative for a person with disability positions are vacant. Additional members can also be appointed by the Health and Human Services Agency Secretary.

CCEPD Membership Roster:

  • Rachel Stewart, Chair, Appointee of the Senate Rules Committee

  • Dennis Petrie, Vice-Chair, Deputy Director, Workforce Services Branch, Employment Development Department (Designee for Patrick Henning, Director, Employment Development Department)

  • Drew Aversa, Business Consultant, Piedmont Avenue Consulting

  • Todd Bland, Deputy Director, Welfare to Work Division, Department of Social Services (Designee for Will Lightbourne, Director, Department of Social Services)

  • Michael Clay, Work Services Section Assistant Chief, Department of Developmental Services (Designee for Nancy Bargmann, Director, Department of Developmental Services)

  • Robert Fried, Attorney, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo

  • Joel Isaac, Senior Accessibility Specialist, JP Morgan Chase

  • Eric Glunt, Director, California Health Incentives Improvement Project

  • Liz Pazdral, Executive Director, State Independent Living Council (Designee for Joseph Cody, Chair of the State Independent Living Council)

  • Bethany Renfree, Policy, Research, Legislative Manager, State Plan and Policy Development Team, California Workforce Development Board

  • Michele Villados, Deputy Director, Office of Civil Rights, Department of Health Care Services (Designee for Jennifer Kent, Director, Department of Health Care Services)

  • Irene Walela, Deputy Director, Independent Living and Community Access Division, Department of Rehabilitation (Designee for Joe Xavier, Director, Department of Rehabilitation)

  • Joseph Williams, CEO, Youth Action Project (Designee of the California Workforce Development Board)

  • Anita Wright, Manager of Business Development & Proposal Operations, Northrop Grumman Corporation



CCEPD Contact Information

California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities

(855) 894-3436
721 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814

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