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Virginia Knowlton Marcus Portrait

Virginia Knowlton Marcus

Chief Executive Officer

Virginia Knowlton Marcus joined DRNC in September 2018. She is a nationally recognized disability rights attorney who has been advocating for disability rights at the federal, state, local and international levels for 25 years. Her prior positions include executive director at Disability Rights Maryland, director of legal advocacy and director of public policy at Disability Rights California, and executive director at the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation. Her relevant experience includes leadership positions on the National Disability Rights Network Board of Directors. Knowlton Marcus earned her J.D. and B.A. at the University of California, Davis.

Disability Rights NC


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