Director of Advocacy, Center for Public Representation
Alison Barkoff is Director of Advocacy at the Centerâ€™s Washington, D.C. office. She works on policy and litigation related to community integration and inclusion, including Olmstead, Medicaid, employment, housing, and education. She was appointed to serve on the federal Advisory Committee for Competitive Integrated Employment of People with Disabilities and is a co-chair of the Long Term Services and Supports Task Force of the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities. From 2010 to 2014, she served as Special Counsel for Olmstead Enforcement in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, leading efforts to enforce the right of individuals with disabilities to live, work and receive services in the community. Ms. Barkoff also worked with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and with the Department of Labor. Prior to her time with the government, she worked at the Bazelon Center and other public interest organizations on Olmstead enforcement, disability discrimination, Medicaid, employment, and special education cases. She has an adult brother with an intellectual disability and has been involved in disability advocacy most of her life.