- Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council
Boston, MA (Aug. 25, 2021) – The Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Anna Krieger as Public Policy Director, effective September 13thth. Anna will be responsible for overseeing the Council’s policy and program initiatives, working with members, staff, and stakeholders to enhance policies and practices that support community inclusion for people with disabilities.
“Anna’s experience as a disability justice lawyer and policy advocate will be invaluable to the Council,” said Daniel Shannon, MDDC Executive Director. “She brings the exact skills and experience that we need, and I am very excited that she has chosen to join us.”
Anna is a nationally recognized expert on supported decision-making and has spoken widely on the topic across the country and to the media. She comes to the Council from the Center for Public Representation where she worked on supported decision-making initiatives, including leading the organization’s state policy work and the development of their widely used website. She also litigated community integration Olmstead cases. Notable representation includes the landmark Oregon sheltered workshop case, Lane v. Brown.
Prior to attending law school, Anna worked on policy in D.C. as an aide in the U.S. Senate and while serving as an Emerson Fellow for the Congressional Hunger Center. She has represented over a thousand people with disabilities in a range of matters including as capacity hearings, involuntary detentions, and benefits proceedings. Anna has served on various boards and is currently an appointee of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee. She is a graduate of Haverford College and U.C. Berkeley School of Law and is a member of the California and Massachusetts bar. She lives in Watertown with her partner Jonathan and their son Clay.
About the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council – The Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC) is an independent agency funded by the federal government to work with the state of Massachusetts to better support people with developmental disabilities and their families. MDDC’s mission is to help people with developmental disabilities have opportunities to lead successful lives in their communities; by supporting inclusive education, greater employment opportunities, and the right to make choices about where, with whom, and how they live.