For more than 25 years, Bob has served as Executive Director of Disability Rights Oregon helping to transform systems, policies and practices across the state.
He leads a team of lawyers and advocates who have helped Oregonians with disabilities keep their jobs, their homes, and their access to health care and education.
Under his leadership, Disability Rights Oregon, along with outside counsel, filed the first class action lawsuit in the nation that challenged segregated employment in sheltered workshops. As a result, thousands of Oregonians with intellectual and developmental disabilities who work in sheltered workshops are now able to pursue gainful employment and achieve greater independence and self-sufficiency that comes with it.
Under Bob’s leadership, Disability Rights Oregon successfully secured the largest investment in safe and accessible transportation paths of travel in state history. The Oregon Department of Transportation promised to install missing curb ramps, fix substandard ones and upgrade crossing signals on the entire state highway system. These improvements will connect parts of communities that have been difficult or unsafe to access, and enhance safety.
Bob leads the organization’s state level public policy advocacy in Salem. Legislators and their staff rely on his policy expertise to create legislation and policies that protect the rights of individuals with disabilities.
Bob’s distinguished public service and advocacy have been recognized by statewide organizations, including the state bar and the Oregon Disabilities Commission.
He serves as a member the Governor’s Task Force on Brain Injury, the Oregon Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Coalition, and the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities.
A graduate of Case Western Reserve Law School and Brown University, Bob has lived in Oregon since 1976. He has four grown children and two grandchildren.