Kristen McCosh has been a PCA Consumer and disability advocate for more than twenty-five years. She holds a BA in English and Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, and an MA in Disability Studies from the City University of New York. Kristen was appointed as the Disability Commissioner for the City of Boston by Mayor Thomas M. Menino in 2010, and reappointed by mayor Martin J. Walsh in 2014. She served as Ms. Wheelchair America 2008, a national advocacy role promoting Independent Living, empowerment, and civil rights for persons with disabilities.