Thomas Gregory joined the MCPD in 2015 and is a past chair (2016) and vice chair (2021). He is a long-time advocate for independent living and the rights and integration of people with disabilities. Thomas joined the Center for Independent Living, Inc. (CIL) staff in 2008 as a Program Coordinator, served as a Program Manager for five years beginning in 2010, and became CIL's Deputy Director in 2015. His areas of responsibility include contract compliance, governmental relations, public policy, and deinstitutionalization (i.e., "Olmstead work"). Before coming to CIL, Thomas administered a Department of Education WorkAbility grant at Via Center, a non-public school in Berkeley for students with developmental disabilities, and has nearly 20 years of experience working with and for people with disabilities. Thomas has served as a founding member of California's State-wide LTSS Advisory Committee. He has a BA in philosophy from the University of Southern California and a Juris Doctorate from University of California, Davis. He spends most of his spare time trying to improve his Internet Scrabble Club ranking.
Term Start Date: Sep 3, 2018
Term End Date: Sep 2, 2021