Kerry Thompson is the Senior Officer for Communications, Inclusion, & Analytics 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 and New England Foundations for the Arts (NEFA) Advisory Council and previously served on the Board of Directors for DEAF, Inc.
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