L. Dara Baldwin
Born in Torrejon, Spain, to parents involved in serving their country, the desire to serve has continued through her education and current career journey. She started her first career while attending college and worked in Healthcare Administration in various operational and finance executive positions for almost 20 years. In 2004, she began her career in advocacy in the social justice/equity realm of work.
Currently Ms. Baldwin is a Senior Public Policy Analyst for the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) in Washington, DC. NDRN is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP). Collectively, the P&A/CAP network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.
Ms. Baldwin was formerly an ADA Compliance Specialist in the DC Government. She later served as a policy analyst at the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), where she engaged members by their involvement in advocacy work to make a change. She was responsible for NCIL’s diversity and cultural competency outreach as well as working on coalitions to assist with better legislative outcomes for the community. She has led multiple national and international advocacy campaigns. She assisted with writing the disability provisions and was a leader in the advocacy campaign to get the Violence Against Women Act passed in February 2013.
Ms. Baldwin has also worked as a Child Advocate in New Jersey, as a Senior Policy Analyst on multiple criminal justice issues, such as the Second Chance Act, and as an Advocacy Manager at TASH.
She is highly skilled in social media outreach and advocacy. You can follow her on Twitter (@NJDC07) and read her blog, What I Yell At The TV (WIYATT) or media (thewiyatt.wordpress.com).
L. Dara Baldwin has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Rutgers University, Newark, N.J., and was a Pi Alpha Alpha honors Graduate with a Masters of Public Administration from Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration. She received a 2009 and 2010 Presidential Citation Award for her work in the American Society for Public Administration.