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Mark Richert Joins AFB as Director of Public Policy

Washington, DC (July 6, 2005)—The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) announced today that Mark Richert will join the organization as Director of Public Policy on July 7, 2005. A well-known expert in the field of blindness, Richert will head up AFB's Public Policy Center in Washington, DC.

"Mark is one of the preeminent leaders in the blindness field and we are thrilled he is joining our team," said Carl R. Augusto, President and CEO of AFB. "His expertise in federal special education policy, disability-related civil rights, Medicare reimbursement, and Social Security will be a real asset for the organization."

"As AFB's Director of Public Policy, Richert will lead AFB's efforts to improve policies that affect the lives of people with vision loss and manage the staff and activities of the Public Policy Center," said Paul W. Schroeder, AFB's Vice President of Programs and Policy. "He has the skills, energy and knowledge that are needed to work with Congress and Executive Branch agencies and to build effective coalitions in support of our efforts."

Richert was formerly the Executive Director of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER), where he oversaw AER's programs, services and advocacy initiatives. Prior to that he worked as Governmental Relations Representative and Acting Director of Governmental Relations for AFB, where he monitored federal legislation and represented the organization before Congress and the Executive Branch. He also worked for the American Council of the Blind and the National Industries for the Blind.

"Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss is my principal passion," said Richert. "I am extremely pleased to be back at AFB, working side by side with colleagues who both share this passion and who have the expertise to work effectively for change."

Richert has a J.D. from the George Washington University National Law Center and has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1993.

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Contact:
Adrianna Montague-Gray
AFB Communications
212-502-7675
amontaguegray@afb.net

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