We are pleased to announce the appointment of Ellen M. Taverna as Policy Officer at The Arc of Massachusetts. Ellen has served in the policy arena in Washington, D.C. since 2004. Recently she was the Legislative Director of the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA), a nonprofit organization of over 1,500 consumer protection attorneys and advocates. She developed strategies to forward NACA’s public policy and advocacy goals. Prior to joining NACA, she was the Consumer Protection Manager & Counsel for the National Association of Attorneys General.
Her disability advocacy experience is reflected in three areas: field organizer at the Center for Disability Rights; Advocacy Committee member at The Arc of Northern Virginia and the Autism Society of Northern Virginia; and Co-Chair of the Alexandria City Public Schools’ (ACPS) Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC).
Ellen received a B.A. in Political Science from Villanova University, where she graduated cum laude. She received her law degree from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois.
We are confident that Ellen will be a valuable team member, given her personal and professional connections to our work. Her experience in policy and advancing priorities focused on integration and equality are consistent with our mission.