Chester Finn

Self-Advocate & Special Assistant, New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

For over 20 years, Finn has advocated for disability rights and served as special assistant to OPWDD for approximately 25 years. Finn was appointed for two terms by President Barack Obama to serve on the board of the National Council on Disability, a federal agency focused on disability policy. Finn co-founded Community Empowerment Programs Inc. as well as held volunteer leadership positions in National Self Advocates Becoming Empowered, Self Advocacy Association of New York State, Self-Advocacy Resource and Technical Center, Southern Poverty Law Center, Commission on Quality and Leadership, and National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals.