Legally blind from a young age, David D’Arcangelo has built successful careers in both the public and private sectors and now serves the Baker-Polito Administration as the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB).
As Commissioner, David oversees the agency’s to ensure the highest quality of vocational and social rehabilitation services are delivered to individuals with blindness. MCB is one of fifteen agencies within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS).
Previously, David served Director of the Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD). David also served three terms as a Malden City Councilor At Large and was one of very few elected officials in Massachusetts to openly serve as a person with a disability. David’s extensive experience in government and public policy includes serving the Administrations of four Governors and as an aide in the Massachusetts State Legislature. David may be the first person to reach a statewide ballot in Massachusetts who self-identified their disability when he became the 2014 Republican Nominee for Secretary of State.
As Director of MOD, David worked to establish several new events and initiatives. These include MOD’s annual Disability Summit, Disability Mentoring Week, Breaking Barriers Juried Art Competition & Exhibit, Municipal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Improvement Grant Program, creating a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and serving as a catalyst for Massachusetts becoming the first state to emulate the federal 503 Utilization Goal, which endeavors to have state government contractors employ more people with disabilities.
David also served on the national “Work Matters” Task Force, which designed a framework for states to use in workforce development for people with disabilities. As a member of the task force, David served as Co-Chair of the Transportation, Technology & Other Employment Supports Subcommittee and has been a panelist for the Council on State Government’s Work Matter’s breakout sessions across the country. Additionally, David has also presented at the National ADA Symposium, the American Enterprise Institute, the National Governor’s Association State Learning Lab and numerous other conferences, meetings and events.
David also has extensive experience within non-profit leadership, including having served on the Board of Directors for the Arc of Middlesex East, Board of Directors for Resource Partnership, and the Board of Directors for Tailored for Success. David has also served in many other charitable and leadership positions, including Past President of the Malden Rotary Club, member and former Chair of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind Rehabilitation Council, member of the Braille Literacy Advisory Council, and as an Election Officer for the City of Boston.
David is a graduate of Suffolk University, where he has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Communications and Journalism Department. David lives in Malden with his wife Lisa and their daughter, who is on the Autism Spectrum.