|“Stepping into this role as CEO of The Arc feels like coming home,” said Katy Neas. “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.”
As Laura Kennedy, Board President for The Arc of the U.S. shares: “We are very excited to welcome Katy Neas as the next CEO of The Arc. She is well known as an ally and thought leader by government officials and legislators, nonprofit providers, self-advocates, parents, and executive staff across the country. She is the right person for our organization as we continue to work hard to help every person with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) be heard and have the opportunities to thrive.”
Throughout the selection process, people with IDD, chapters of The Arc, and our partners were given a prominent voice in shaping this important decision. We couldn’t be more excited to have Katy’s passion, expertise, and vision leading us forward.
Read the full announcement here.