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Swenson assumes role as Director, Political Leadership and Strategy


Washington, DC (June 4, 2012) – United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), an international service provider and advocate for children and adults with a spectrum of disabilities, has appointed Will Swenson as Director, Political Leadership and Strategy, effective May 29, 2012. Swenson will report to Connie Garner, Executive Vice President of Public Policy, and Stephen Bennett, former President and CEO of UCP.

Swenson joins UCP after six years in the office of New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, where he played a key role in Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a bipartisan coalition of more than 650 mayors across the country dedicated to keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. Working with mayors, law enforcement, gun violence survivors and family members, the coalition has built a strong and effective new grassroots force in the gun violence prevention movement. A graduate of the University of Chicago and the London School of Economics, Swenson brings considerable experience and insight to UCP and its growing public policy team.

“I am very pleased to welcome Will to United Cerebral Palsy and I look forward to working with him to further develop our public policy and strategic initiatives,” said Stephen Bennett, former President and CEO of UCP. “Will’s expertise as a grassroots organizer will help to strengthen UCP’s voice and role as a national advocate for people living with disabilities. His work in developing Mayor Bloomberg’s coalition into a national force for change was outstanding, and we are excited for Will to apply his talents here at UCP.”

Swenson will work closely with UCP’s public policy team to help build consensus and momentum among policymakers, advocates and the disability community to achieve full citizenship for Americans living with disabilities.

“It is my pleasure to welcome Will Swenson to UCP. He is a great addition to our team and will help to strengthen our efforts to ensure that people living with disabilities have a voice in the critical public policy decisions that shape their lives,” said Connie Garner, Executive Vice President of Public Policy. “Will’s expertise and experience will help to move UCP forward in its mission to help make this country a place where public policy always reflects the priorities of people living with disabilities.”

“UCP is recognized as a leader in the disability community, and I am proud to be joining such a strong and dedicated team,” said Swenson. “UCP, together with their network of affiliates and partners, has helped shape the policies that make a difference in the lives of people living with disabilities and their families for over sixty years, and I look forward to continuing UCP’s work in new and innovative ways.”

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About United Cerebral Palsy

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) educates, advocates and provides support services through an affiliate network to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. Together with nearly 100 affiliates, UCP has a mission to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities by supporting more than 176,000 children and adults every day—one person at a time, one family at a time. UCP works to enact real change—to revolutionize care, raise standards of living and create opportunities—impacting the lives of millions living with disabilities. For more than 60 years, UCP has worked to ensure the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in every facet of society. Together, with parents and caregivers, UCP will continue to push for the social, legal and technological changes that increase accessibility and independence, allowing people with disabilities to dream their own dreams, for the next 60 years, and beyond. For more information, please visit www.ucp.org.