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2016 TASH Conference has ended
Each year, the TASH Conference strengthens the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between stakeholders within the disability movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for an inclusive world. This year’s conference theme, “Gateway to Equity,” explores inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs, in living a fair, just, and balanced life. Return to TASH website.

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Serena Lowe

Administration on Community Living, Office on Policy Analysis & Development, HHS
Senior Policy Advisor
Washington, DC
A policy-geek at heart with an insatiable intellectual curiosity, I have spent the past twenty years serving in a variety of leadership roles focused on furthering policies that promote the socioeconomic advancement of low-income working families, citizens with disabilities, aging Americans and other at-risk populations. I am currently a Senior Policy Advisor within the Administration on Community Living’s Office on Policy Analysis & Development. In this capacity, my primary focus is serving on the CMS HCBS implementation team, which is responsible for supporting states in the successful implementation of CMS’ 2014 final rule on Home & Community Based Services.  My portfolio also includes provide technical assistance and policy development support in the areas of lifespan respite care and a hodge-podge of other areas related to improving access to high-quality LTSS for individuals with disabilities and low-income aging Americans. Prior to joining ACL, I worked in a variety of roles in the field of federal government relations, working for the U.S. Department of Labor, a Fortune 100 global biopharmaceutical company, a top 20 national lobbying firm, and two former Members of Congress.  I’ve also taken a few brief sabbaticals and have lived for short periods of time in three countries outside of the United States (and worked in policy roles for two foreign governments).  As a nerdy collector of degrees, I hold a B.A. in International & Public Affairs from Westminster College; an M.P.H. in International Health Policy and M.A. in International Development Policy from George Washington University; and a PhD in Public Administration from American University. For fun, I like to read historical fiction, write short stories, travel to new places, listen to live music of all genres, volunteer in my community, and most of all hang out with my super-cool daughter, Isabella Lowe Theriot.