Kerry Thompson is the Inclusion & Analytics Officer for the Disability Rights Fund and the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund. In this role, she manages day-to-day activities for the operation, provides program support, coordinates biannual meetings, and maintains the website and social media presence.
Kerry brings more than ten years of combined experiences in business, finance, and grants management in both academic and healthcare settings, including working for Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the National Institute of Health. She is an active advocate for the disability community with an emphasis on making medical care more accessible. She is a 2014 Marshall Memorial Fellow with the German Marshall Fund for the United States and a 2016-2017 White House Fellowship National Finalist. She serves as the Executive Director for Silent Rhythms, a non-profit that promotes access to the arts for people with disabilities. Kerry also serves on the Massachusetts Statewide Advisory Council, the Board of Directors for DEAF, Inc. and as a liaison representative for the Deafblind Community Access Network Advisory Council.
She holds a Master’s in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education with an academic focus on disability rights in the broader context of international human rights. Her academic experience included human rights courses at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Law School.
Read Kerry’s reflection about living with DeafBlindness and her passion for working at DRF/DRAF