Position: Executive Director
Andrew Mudryk joined Disability Rights Advocates in 2017 as Executive Director. Andy graduated with honors in 1989 from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. and has extensive experience litigating a variety of discrimination and disability-related claims. He is admitted to practice law in California, Arizona, and Michigan.
Before joining DRA, Andy was the Deputy Director of Disability Rights California, the largest protection and advocacy agency in the country, where he worked for approximately 11 years. Before joining DRC, he was the Director of Litigation and Advocacy at the Arizona Center for Disability Law and worked for many years as a trial lawyer in private practice.
Andy’s accomplishments include negotiating a ground-breaking agreement with the State of California to transition services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to support their efforts to engage in employment in the community earning a livable wage. That agreement, or “blueprint,” requires the state to stop placing people with IDD into sheltered workshops or settings where they earn less than minimum wages and to transition people with IDD who work in such settings into community placements earning real incomes. Andy has won jury and bench trials in cases alleging disability discrimination in employment and housing. He also obtained systemic relief in a federal lawsuit against a national day-care provider, requiring it to provide Diastat, a life-saving medication for children with Epilepsy, to its students in all of its corporate-owned facilities in the country.
Andy has served on the board of directors of the National Disability Rights Network, the Legal Aid Association of California (where he was board chair for two years), and Community Legal Services in Phoenix, Arizona. He also served on California’s State Rehabilitation Council, overseeing the state’s employment services to people with disabilities, as an appointee of Governor Brown.
Andy is a proud member of the disability community, having lived his life with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as “Brittle Bone Disorder.” Through his experience, Andy knows the importance of disability rights in all facets of life.« Back to All Staff