Charles Carr
Commissioner of Rehabilitation

Mr. Carr, who was paralyzed in a diving accident at 14, has been an advocate for disability policies and programs for more than 30 years and has a national reputation for his leadership in the independent living movement. From 1980-2007, Mr. Carr was Founder and CEO of the Northeast Independent Living Program, a non-profit providing advocacy and services supporting independent living; the successful employment program he developed there has been used as a national model.

In 1974, Mr. Carr was among several esteemed advocates who became founders of the Boston Center for Independent Living, only the second of its kind in the nation. He was also a Program Coordinator at the National Spinal Cord Injury Foundation and a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor at the MRC. As Vice President of the National Council on Independent Living in the 1980s, Mr. Carr was an influential advocate for stronger federal disability policies, including the Fair Housing Act, Rehabilitation Act, Civil Rights Restoration Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. He partnered with members of Congress and other advocates to pass legislation mandating and funding independent living centers. More recently, he has led advocacy efforts in Massachusetts around affordable, accessible housing; personal assistance services; and assistive technology. For the past three years, he has worked with the state to develop a grassroots Employment Now Coalition that pushes for changes in funding and employment programs for people with disabilities.

The Commissioner's Team

Kasper M. Goshgarian, Deputy Commissioner
Kerri Zanchi, Assistant Commissioner, Community Living Services
Pat Roda, Assistant Commissioner, Disability Determination Services
Joan Phillips, Assistant Commissioner, Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Tak Tang, Chief Financial Officer
Richard Arcangeli, General Counsel
Kevin Collins, Chief Information Officer

This information is provided by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.