The California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD) has representation from the business community, advocates and state departments. Two Members are also appointed from the Senate Rules Committee and the Assembly Speaker. A representative for a person with disability position is 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

  • 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

  • Forrest Frields, Appointee of the Assembly Speaker

  • Joel Isaac, Senior Accessibility Specialist, JP Morgan Chase

  • Eric Glunt, Director, California Health Incentives Improvement Project

  • Sandra Hamameh, Legislative, Research and Policy Specialist, California Workforce Development Board

  • Damien Ladd, Chief, CalWORKs Employment Bureau, Department of Social Services (Designee for Will Lightbourne, Director, Department of Social Services)

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

  • Linda Vann, Specialist, Disabled Student Services Programs and Services, California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office

  • 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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