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DDC Staff Members

Alison Whyte
Executive Director

Alison Whyte is the Executive Director of the DC Developmental Disabilities Council, as well as a Person Centered Thinking trainer of The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices (TLCPCP) and a member of the DC Supporting Families Community of Practice. Alison leads grassroots efforts to engage families and advocates in systems and culture change through policy advocacy and program development. Alison teaches and supports person centered practices in the District by supporting people with intellectual disabilities to become trainers and self-advocates. 

Contact E-mail: [email protected]


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Luz Zenaida Collazo Rosado
Administrative Support Specialist

Luz Zenaida Collazo Rosado comes to the DC Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC) with 20 years of professional experiences that includes serving, supporting, and advocating for the full participation and inclusion of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families in society. Currently, she participates in a collaborative effort with agencies and organizations to promote practices on cultural diversity and linguistic for the inclusion of people with disabilities in DC. As a sibling of a person with DD, Luz is a firm believer that persons with I/DD speak for themselves and make decisions about how to live their lives in an inclusive community.

Contact E-mail: [email protected]


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Emily Kranking
Stragetic Communications and Advocacy Strategist Fellow

Emily Kranking is DDC’s Strategic Communications and Advocacy Strategist fellow through a partnership with Lead for America. Previously, she was a Communications Consultant at National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) and a year-long fellow at RespectAbility in their Policy & Employment and Hollywood Relations departments. As an actress, Emily’s first motion picture “Best Summer Ever,” in which she has a starring role, was released online and on demand on April 2021. She's also a student at The Theatre Lab's Honors Acting Conservatory.

Contact E-mail: [email protected]

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Kevin Wright
Communication and Advocacy Strategist Fellow

Kevin Wright is a native Washingtonian with a Learning Disability and a Speech Impairment. Due to the Aspiring Professionals Internship Program, Kevin was hired as a contractor for Department on Disability Services on the DC Learners & Earners Initiative. Kevin plays an integral role by presenting at national conferences, conducting training,creating, and editing materials, and acting as a mentor to others. He worked for DDS for five years and beginning a new journey with DC Developmental Disability Council as part of Lead for America Fellowship in his new role as a Communications and Advocacy Strategist Fellow. Kevin’s ultimate career job is to be a mentor to young adults and talk with them about the challenges and struggles he experienced, as well as helping them develop their own career paths.

Contact E-mail: [email protected]