Since 2013, Christine Griffin has served as the Executive Director of the Disability Law Center, a position that she held previously from 1996 to 2005. Ms. Griffin also served as the Assistant Secretary for Disability Policies and Programs for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services. As such, she was responsible for oversight of 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 involving disability across public and private sectors.
As Deputy Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, she was responsible for federal agencies’ implementation of President Obama’s Executive Order on Increasing Employment of Individuals with Disabilities in the Federal Workforce. Ms. Griffin also 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 was responsible for the development of enforcement policies, and she 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 disabled community in Massachusetts. With a history of providing capable leadership involving a range of disability policy issues, Ms. Griffin is currently Chair of the Board of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and a member of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council. Ms. Griffin, who holds a law degree from Boston College and earned her undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, also served on active duty in the United States Army from 1974 until 1977.