Nancy A. Alterio was hired in May of 1999 as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC). She served as one of the three Commissioners to DPPC for a year prior to her appointment of Executive Director. Before her employment at DPPC, Ms. Alterio spent over fifteen years in the private, not for profit sector assisting persons with disabilities in meeting their vocational, medical, financial, social and housing needs. Ms. Alterio's academic background includes a Bachelor’s of Science degree in the legal aspects of human services. Ms. Alterio is a founding member of the Building Partnerships for the Protection of Persons with Disabilities Initiative (BPI) and is co-chair of the steering committee. In conjunction with the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), Ms. Alterio and other members of BPI wrote Crimes Against Persons with Disabilities; A practical guide to the Reporting, Investigation and Prosecution. In 2003 Ms. Alterio received the Innovations award from the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) for her leadership in BPI. In 2005, along with other members of BPI, Ms. Alterio received the Tadini Bacigalupi Program of Distinction Award from the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA). Ms. Alterio served on the Governor’s Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence as a Commission member. In addition, Ms. Alterio is a board member of the Massachusetts Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program. Nationally, Ms. Alterio is the President of the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA). Ms. Alterio has presented locally, statewide and nationally on matters relating to adult protective services (APS). Ms. Alterio has assisted in the development of national and state training videos and numerous training curricula. To enhance protection of persons with disabilities who are victims of abuse, neglects and/or crimes, Ms. Alterio has assisted with the drafting, filing and passage of state and federal legislation.