Meet the Disability & Philanthropy Forum Team

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Emily Harris

Emily Harris, Director of the Presidents’ Council for Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy, was previously the founding Executive Director of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership (now Disability Lead), the nation’s first disability civic leadership program. As a Senior Director at the Chicago Community Trust, Emily led ADA 25 Chicago, and engaged more than 200 program partners in advancing disability inclusion. She also directed the Chicago Community Trust’s Disabilities Fund, and facilitated a roundtable for philanthropy, government, developers and contractors to advance equity in the construction industry. As Vice President of Metropolis Strategies, she led programs focused on regional economic growth, open space conservation, early childhood education policy, and served as Executive Director of the Burnham Plan Centennial. Through her consulting firm, Harris Strategies, Emily has helped non-profit organizations, public agencies, businesses and philanthropies to develop strategic plans and move their ideas to action.

Emily earned a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.A. from the University of Chicago. She serves on the Forest Preserves of Cook County Conservation and Policy Council, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation Chicago Advisory Board, and is President of the Board of the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation. A member of Disability Lead, she is proud to be a part of the disability community.

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Emily Ladau

Emily Ladau is a passionate disability rights activist, writer, storyteller, and digital communications consultant. She is the author of Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to be an Ally, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Emily’s career began at the age of 10, when she appeared on several episodes of Sesame Street to educate children about her life with a physical disability. A native of Long Island, New York, Emily graduated with a B.A. in English from Adelphi University in 2013 and now serves on their Board of Trustees. In 2017, she was named as one of Adelphi’s 10 Under 10 Young Alumni. In 2018, she was awarded the Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities.

Emily is the Digital Content & Community Manager for Disability & Philanthropy Forum. In addition, she is Editor in Chief of the Rooted in Rights Blog, a platform dedicated to amplifying authentic narratives on the disability experience through an intersectional lens.

Emily’s writing has been published in outlets including The New York Times, SELF, Salon, Vice, and HuffPost and she has served as a source for outlets including NPR, Vox, and Washington Post. Emily has spoken before numerous audiences, from the U.S. Department of Education to the United Nations. At the core of her work is a focus on disability identity, sharing our stories, and harnessing the powers of communication and social media as tools for people to become engaged in disability and social justice issues.

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Gail Fuller

Gail Fuller is a marketing and communications strategist who aligns her professional experience with her personal commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. She founded Gail Fuller Communications to help organizations achieve their goals by strengthening their communication strategies, enhancing their brands, amplifying their stories, elevating the voices of core audiences, and building more inclusive cultures.

With more than 30 years of marketing, communications, and community relations experience, Gail’s career has spanned several industries, including nonprofit, corporate, publishing, sports, and philanthropy. Among her clients is the Presidents’ Council for Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy where she serves as a communications strategist. Most recently, she was vice president of marketing and communications for the San Francisco Foundation. As director of communications for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, she created and led its first strategic communications program. During her days in sports, she developed and spearheaded the Orlando Magic’s first corporate communications strategy. Early in her career, she served as a public relations consultant for AT&T.

Gail holds a Master of Business Administration from Nova University and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications from Wake Forest University. As a recipient of the Central Florida YMCA Black Achiever Award and the YMCA Greater New York-Harlem Branch’s Black Achievers in Industry Award, she is a two-time YMCA Black Achiever honoree recognized for her accomplishments in her field and community.