NFPA Is Excited about President Obama’s New Appointments to the U.S. Access Board

Blog Post created by afraser Employee on Sep 10, 2015

Three of the twelve public members have direct ties to NFPA



President Barack Obama has named Karen Tamley of Chicago to the U.S. Access Board. He also reappointed Christopher S. Hart of Boston


As Commissioner of the Chicago Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities, Karen Tamley leads numerous disability policy and compliance initiatives in city infrastructure, transportation, emergency preparedness, housing, schools and technology, and other areas. She also oversees the delivery of independent living services to city residents and represents the city on a number of boards and committees.

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Chris Hart is an accessibility consultant who specializes in ADA compliance and Universal Design and who serves as a technical advisor to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and Boston's disability community.

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Tamley and Hart have both participated in NFPA programs. Tamely at NFPA’ Conference & Expo in Chicago and Hart has participated in emergency stair descent device training at NFPA Headquarters.


Current Board member Deborah A. Ryan of Boston, Massachusetts has worked on projects with NFPA including NFPA’s “ADA Design Handbook”. She served for over 25 years at the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board (MAAB), including 15 years as its executive director. The MAAB develops and enforces state requirements for accessible buildings and facilities.

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The U.S. Access Board is an independent Federal agency that provides leadership in accessible design under the ADA and other laws. The Board is structured to function as a coordinating body among Federal agencies and to directly represent the public, particularly people with disabilities. Half of its members are representatives from most of the Federal departments, and the other half is comprised of public members appointed by the President.


NFPA congratulates these, and all members of the US Access Board, for their role in providing accessibility for all!