Katherine Neas named next CEO of The Arc of the United States

Photo of Katy Neas, woman with brown hair pulled back, wearing a cream colored sweater and a gold necklace, along with quote, Stepping into this role as CEO of The Arc feels like coming home. Katherine (Katy) Neas has been named the next CEO of The Arc of the United States, effective January 2024.

A longtime disability rights champion, Katy comes to The Arc from the U.S. Department of Education, where she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. Prior to that role, she was Executive Vice President of Public Affairs for Easterseals and the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She is widely regarded for her bipartisan and collaborative work, earning her roles including Past Chair of the Consortium for Constituents with Disabilities (CCD).

Earlier in her career, Katy served as Legislative Assistant to Senator Tom Harkin and the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy, where she worked on landmark legislation such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Katy holds a B.A. from Georgetown University.

Katy shared: “Stepping into this role as CEO of The Arc feels like coming home. Throughout my career, I’ve been lucky to work arm-in-arm with fierce advocates and caring providers to drive progress. That open collaboration and trust is what makes The Arc so special—never losing sight that we do this WITH people with disabilities, not just FOR them. I’m in awe of The Arc’s profound legacy, from pioneering special education access to spearheading community living. Now, I’m honored to continue that legacy into the future, but we won’t rest on past wins. Together with families, self-advocates, and partners, we’ll build an even stronger organization to meet the challenges ahead. I can’t wait to listen and learn from every corner of this community and lead inclusively into the next era of success. The Arc’s brightest days lie ahead.”

Please join us in welcoming Katy to The Arc family.

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