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Lydia X. Z. Brown

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Teaching Experience

  • Adjunct Professorial Lecturer in American Studies, American University, Department of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies, 2021 – Present
  • Adjunct Lecturer and Core Faculty in Disability Studies, Georgetown University, 2020 – Present
  • Advanced Leadership Series Faculty, University of New Hampshire, Institute on Disability, 2021
  • Program Instructor, Towson University, Hussman Center for Adults with Autism, 2020
  • Visiting Lecturer, Tufts University, Experimental College, 2016 – 2017
  • Educational Studies Program Instructor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011 – 2017
  • English as a Foreign Language Teaching Volunteer, Ana Insan Society for Rights of Disabled People, 2014
  • English as a Foreign Language and U.S. Civics Instructor, Tri-City Community Action Program & Compassion Immigration Ministry, 2009 – 2011

Professional Experience

  • Center for Democracy & Technology, Policy Counsel for Disability Rights and Algorithmic Fairness, Privacy & Data Project, 2020 – Present
  • Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network, Director of Policy, Advocacy, & External Affairs, 2020 – Present; Policy & Advocacy Associate, 2019 – 2020
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Institute for Technology Law & Policy, Associate for Disability Rights & Algorithmic Fairness, 2019 – 2020
  • The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Justice Catalyst Legal Fellow, 2018 – 2019; Legal Intern, 2017 – 2018
  • National Trans Bar Association, Mentoring Program Associate, 2019
  • Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services, Public Defender Division, Student Attorney/Legal Intern (Rule 3:03 Certified Student Practitioner), 2018
  • Northeastern University School of Law, Prisoners’ Rights Clinic (Prisoner Assistance Project), Student Attorney, 2017
  • American Civil Liberties Union, National Equality Center – Disability Rights Program Legal Intern, 2017
  • Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Prisoner Justice Project, Legal Intern, 2016 – 2017
  • Movement Advancement Project, Legal/Public Policy Research Intern, 2016 – 2017
  • National LGBTQ Task Force, Department of Public Policy and Government Affairs, Holley Law Fellow, 2016
  • Disability Law Center of Massachusetts, Legal Intern, 2015
  • Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Policy Analyst, 2014 – 2015; Project Assistant, 2013; Community Engagement Intern, 2011 – 2013
  • U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, Democratic Staff, Legislative & Policy Intern / Victory Congressional Intern, 2014
  • Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, Special Litigation Division, Investigative Intern / American Association of People with Disabilities Intern, 2013
  • Institute for Educational Leadership, Center for Workforce Development, Patricia Morrissey Disability Policy Fellow, 2012

Current and past consulting clients include:

  • Cornell University ILR (Industrial and Labor Relations) School, K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability
  • Johns Hopkins University, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Office of Health Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity
  • Mount Holyoke College, Office of Equity and Inclusion
  • Shared Support Maryland
  • Disability Rights Washington
  • JOIN for Justice
  • People First of Connecticut
  • Boston Center for Independent Living
  • Mobility International USA

Projects


Bar Admissions

  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Maryland

Education

  • Northeastern University School of Law, Juris Doctor, Concentrations in Criminal Law & Justice and International Law & Human Rights
  • Georgetown University, Bachelor of Arts in Arabic with a minor in psychology

Academic Service

Dissertation and Thesis Committee Service
  • Doctoral Dissertation Committee External Reader, Brandeis University, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, 2018 – Present
  • Senior Honors Thesis Committee Member, Tufts University, Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora – American Studies, 2016 – 2017

Peer Review Service

  • American Quarterly, 2020
  • The Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity, 2019 – 2020
  • The Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, 2019 – 2020
  • Disability Studies Quarterly, 2018 – 2020
  • Autism in Adulthood, 2018 – 2020
  • Journal of Homosexuality, 2014

University Committee Service

  • Northeastern University School of Law, Search Committee for Legal Research and Writing Faculty, 2016 – 2018
  • Northeastern University School of Law, Faculty Appointments Committee, 2015 – 2018
  • Northeastern University School of Law, Committee Against Institutional Racism, 2015 – 2018
  • Northeastern University School of Law, Transgender Justice Task Force, 2015 – 2018
  • Georgetown University, Provost’s Working Group on Disability as a Social Justice Issue, 2014 – 2015
  • Georgetown University, Provost’s Community in Diversity Heritage Months Initiative, Disability Cultural Month Planning Committee, 2014

Research Advisory Board Service

  • University of Pennsylvania, Training to Understand and Navigate Emotions and Interactions, Advisory Board Member, 2020 – 2022
  • University of Melbourne, The Law & Politics of Digital Mental Health Technology Project, International Advisory Group Member, 2020 – Present
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Education, Partnership for People with Disabilities, Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Fellowship Program, Multicultural Advisory Committee Member, 2019 – Present
  • Drexel University, Ethical Autism Research Cultures and Community Engagement Project (National Science Foundation, Grant No. 1737149), Advisory Board Member, 2018 – 2020
  • Brandeis University, Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, Advanced Rehabilitation Research Postdoctoral Training Program on Health and Functioning of People with Disabilities (National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation, Grant No. 90AR5024), Community Advisory Board Member, 2015 – 2020
  • National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices & Systems, Human Services Research Institute, Person-Centered Advisory and Leadership Group Member, 2018 – Present
  • Loyola Marymount University, Loyola Law School, The Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy and Innovation, Advisory Committee Member, 2018 – Present
  • New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, Autism Spectrum Disorders Nest Support Project, NestCon Accessibility Advisory Board Member, 2019
  • Georgetown University, National Center for Cultural Competence, Embedding Cultural Diversity & Cultural & Linguistic Competence: A Guide for UCEDD Curricula & Training Activities Project (Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Grant No. 90DDTI0023), National Advisory Committee / Community of Practice on Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Developmental Disabilities, 2017 – 2018
  • Brandeis University, Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, Developmental Disabilities Policy Training Academy, Steering Committee Member, 2016

Public Service

  • Disability Rights Maryland, Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Program (PAIMI) Advisory Council, 2019 – Present
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office on Health & Human Services, Stakeholder Representative for TASH New England to One Care Implementation Council (Medicaid/Medicare Dual Eligible Demonstration Project), 2015 – 2018
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Mental Health, Multicultural Advisory Committee Member, 2017 – 2018
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Public Health, Partnership on Health and Disability Public Member, 2015 – 2018
  • Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council, Chairperson, 2015 – 2017; Public Member (Governor’s Appointee), 2014 – 2015
  • Georgetown University, Center for Child & Human Development (University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities), Consumer Advisory Council Public Member, 2012 –2015
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Special Commission Relative to Autism, Adult Services Subcommittee Member, 2010 – 2012

Community Service

  • Disability Rights Bar Association, Board Member, 2021 – Present
  • Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, Developmental Disabilities, Autism, and Family Support Task Force Co-Chair, 2021 – Present
  • National Lawyers Guild, Disability Justice Committee Representative to National Executive Committee, 2020 – Present
  • Disability Justice Committee Member, 2018 – Present
  • Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Task Force on Inclusion of Black Autistic People & Other Autistic People of Color Member, 2020 – Present
  • The Kelsey, Inclusive Design Council Member, 2020 – Present
  • Nonbinary & Intersex Recognition Project, Community Advisory Board Member, 2020 – Present
  • American Bar Association, Section on Civil Rights and Social Justice, Disability Rights Committee Chair, 2020 – Present; Disability Rights and Elder Affairs Committee Co-Chair, 2019 – 2020
  • National Council for Independent Living, National Presidential Anti-Racism and Equity Task Force Member, 2020 – Present; Youth Caucus Member, 2012 – 2013
  • Vera Institute of Justice & Novo Foundation, National Coalition on Ending Gendered Violence Against Disabled People Member, 2020 – Present
  • American Bar Association, Commission on Disability Rights, Commissioner (Presidential Appointee), 2019 – Present
  • Shared Support Maryland, Expectations Matter Project, Person-Centered Planning Advisory Group Member, 2019 – Present
  • American Association of People with Disabilities, Paul G. Hearne Award Selection Committee Member, 2019 – Present; Summer Internship Program Mentor, 2019
  • Transgender Law Center, Disability Project Advisory Committee Member, 2019 – Present
  • The Operating System, Advisory Board / Community Council Member, 2018 – Present
  • Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports, Board of Directors Member, 2017 – Present; Committee of Founders Member, 2016 – Present
  • National Disability Leadership Alliance, Task Force on Racism and Bias in the Disability Community Member, 2017 – Present
  • Disability Intersectionality Summit, Steering Committee Member, 2015 – Present
  • Borealis Fund, Disability Inclusion Fund, Grantmaking Committee Advocate Member, 2020
  • TASH, National Conference Local Host Committee Member, 2020; Outstanding Leadership in Disability Law Symposium Committee Co-Chair, 2020; Outstanding Leadership in Disability Law Symposium Committee Member, 2019
  • Maryland Coalition to Reform School Discipline, Membership Committee Co-Chair, 2018 – 2020
  • Disability Rights Bar Association, West Coast Civil Rights Conference Planning Committee Member, 2019 – 2020
  • Washington Metro Disabled Students Collective, Advisory Board Member, 2015 – 2018; Co-Founder & President, 2014 – 2015
  • Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network, Board Member, 2014 – 2020; Information and Resources Assistant, 2011 – 2014
  • JOIN for Justice, Empower Fellowship Advisory Committee Member, 2018 – 2019
  • The District of Columbia Bar, Attorney Volunteer, 2019
  • TASH New England, Stakeholder Representative to One Care Implementation Council (Medicaid/Medicare Dual Eligible Demonstration Project), 2015 – 2018; Board Member, 2012 – 2018; Board Co-President, 2014 – 2016
  • Equality March for Pride and Unity, National Co-Chair, 2017
  • National Center for College Students with Disabilities Clearinghouse, External Reviewer, 2016
  • Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Autism Campus Inclusion Project, Alumni Mentor, Oct. 2015 – May 2016
  • Georgetown University Student Association, Undersecretary for Disability Affairs (First Incumbent), Mar. 2013 – Mar. 2015
  • Keystone Human Services, Human Rights Committee External Member, 2014 – 2015
  • National Youth Leadership Network, Outreach & Awareness Committee Member, 2012
  • Autistic Self Advocacy Network – New England, State Policy Advocacy Coordinator, 2010 – 2011

Grants, Awards, and Honors

  • Georgetown University, Gender+ Justice Initiative Fellowship, 2020-2021
  • Let’s Talk Learning Differences, Beacon Award, 2020
  • Gold House Foundation, A100 List of the Most Impactful Asians and Asian Pacific Islanders in Culture, 2020
  • National Disability Mentoring Coalition, Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame Inductee, 2019
  • AT&T – The Humanity of Connection, Disability Community Leadership Award, 2019
  • Amplifier Foundation, We The Future Campaign Youth Activist Icon, 2018
  • Justice Catalyst, Justice Catalyst Fellowship, 2018-2019
  • Northeastern University School of Law, Denise Carty-Bennia Memorial Bar Award, 2018
  • The Help Group’s Advance LA, Youth Advancing Achievement Award, 2018
  • NBC, NBC Asian America Presents: A to Z Emerging Voices & Breakout Stars, 2018
  • GrubStreet Writing Center, The Muse & The Marketplace Teaching Scholar, 2018
  • Tufts Community Union, Finalist for Professor of the Year Award, 2018
  • American Association of People with Disabilities, Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award, 2018
  • Society for Disability Studies, Irving K. Zola Award for Emerging Scholars, 2017
  • National Association for Law Placement / Public Service Jobs Directory, Pro Bono Publico Award, 2017
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Jameson Crane III Disability & the Law Writing Competition, Second Prize, 2017
  • Disability Policy Consortium, Mary Lou Maloney Award, joint honoree with Finn Gardiner, 2016
  • National Council on Independent Living, Diana Viets Memorial Award, 2016
  • Mic 50 List: Next Generation of Impactful Leaders, Cultural Influencers, & Breakthrough Innovators, 2015
  • Georgetown University, Provost Undergraduate Research Presentation Award, 2015
  • Georgetown University, Lena Landegger Community Service Award, 2015
  • Pacific Standard Magazine, 30 Top Thinkers Under 30 in the Social Sciences, 2015
  • Washington Peace Center, Empowering the Future Youth Activist Award, 2014
  • President Barack Obama, The White House, Champion of Change for Disability Rights, 2013
  • Massachusetts Advocates for Children, Youth Advocate of the Year Honorable Mention, 2011

Additional Education and Professional Development

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management Executive Education & Ruderman Family Foundation LINK20 Initiative, LEAD20@MIT Communications and Advocacy in a Digital World Certificate Program, 2020
  • CREA, The Disability, Sexuality, and Rights Online Institute, 2020
  • Movement Law Lab, Build Power / Fight Power: A 5-Part Course on Movement Lawyering, 2020
  • Association for Computing Machinery Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAccT, formerly ACM FAT*), 2020
  • Workshop on Artificial Intelligence Fairness for People with Disabilities, Association for Computing Machinery – ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, 2019
  • Movement Lawyering Conference: Building Power in Communities of Color, Advancement Project National Office, Law for Black Lives, and Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center, Howard University School of Law, 2019
  • Transformative Justice Institute, Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit, 2019
  • Pro Bono Attorney Training on Adult Guardianship, Alternatives, and Advance Planning for People with Disabilities, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, 2018
  • Outstanding Leadership in Disability Law Symposium, TASH National, 2018
  • D.C. Regional Student Activist Training on Gender-Based Violence, Know Your IX, Advocates for Youth, 2018
  • Personhood and Civic Engagement by People with Disabilities: A Conference to Explore the Legal Underpinnings of Personhood and the Barriers to Participation by Persons with Disabilities in Civic and Social Life, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law,  2017
  • Disability Justice in the Age of Mass Incarceration: Perspectives on Race, Disability, Law & Accountability, Northeastern University School of Law, 2016
  • Prisoners’ Rights Litigation Training, Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts, 2016
  • Community Access Monitor Training, Massachusetts Office on Disability, 2015
  • Legal Rights of Individuals with Disabilities, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 2015
  • Roundtable for Social Justice Leadership Action Institute, Georgetown University Center for Social Justice, 2015
  • Deborah T. Creek Criminal Practice Institute, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, 2014
  • Victory Congressional Internship Program, Victory Institute, 2014
  • Summer Internship Program, American Association of People with Disabilities, 2013
  • Autism Campus Inclusion Summer Leadership Institute, Autistic Self Advocacy Network, 2012
  • New England Young Writers’ Conference at Bread Loaf, Middlebury College, 2010

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