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Washington, DC Coordinators

Dahlia Shaewitz (EPFP 09-10)

Vice President, Disability & Employment
Institute for Educational Leadership
4301 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 822-8405

Dahlia Shaewitz joined IEL in January 2019 to lead the disability and employment portfolio of training, technical assistance, policy, research and development with the goal of improving employment and related outcomes for people with disabilities. In this age of disability rights, powerful youth and adults with disabilities are creating their futures, and Ms. Shaewitz works to support this movement through collaborations that lead to high quality results.

Prior to joining IEL, Ms. Shaewitz led the Disability and Rehabilitation Practice Area at the American Institutes for Research to improve competitive employment outcomes for qualified adults with disabilities. She led knowledge translation activities to support researchers and practitioners to identify and use innovative strategies to improve the provision and effective use of health care services. Ms. Shaewitz led training for adults with disabilities and qualitative research and evaluation to measure the results of those efforts. She has worked with vocational rehabilitation agencies to evaluate strategies to improve employment outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities; universities to develop in-person and online training for researchers, practitioners, and people with disabilities; private corporations to build greater awareness of the value of hiring people with disabilities; and other stakeholders to create a climate of full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of work including design, development, and implementation of products and processes.

Since 2012 Dahlia has also served as co-Coordinator of IEL’s Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP). In this role, she coordinates a 10-month professional development program in public policy to support emerging leaders in education and related fields to acquire new perspectives and skills needed to function effectively in the increasingly complex, political, and changing environment of local, state, and national education. She has also supported EPFP in developing strategic plans, annual evaluation reports, a logic model, and data review and monitoring of the national program.

Ms. Shaewitz holds a master’s in Diplomacy from Norwich University and a master’s in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. She is fluent in ASL and hails from a Deaf family. Dahlia is married to Jean-Paul Petit and they reside in Prince George’s County, Maryland.



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