DEPARTMENT OF DISABILITIES

SECRETARIES

ACTING SECRETARY


[photo, George P. Failla, Jr., Deputy Secretary of Disabilities] GEORGE P. FAILLA, JR.
Acting Secretary of Disabilities, 2014-15
Deputy Secretary of Disabilities, 2008-14, 2015

Deputy Secretary of Disabilities, January 2008 to May 1, 2014, and March 2, 2015 to May 1, 2015. Member, State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care, 2009-; Commission on Special Education Access and Equity, 2013-14; Governor's Interagency Council on Homelessness, 2014; State Interagency Coordinating Council [for Infants & Toddlers], 2013-16.

Acting Secretary of Disabilities, May 1, 2014 to March 2, 2015. Member, Governor's Executive Council, 2014-15; Children's Cabinet, 2014-15; Governor's Warrior to Worker Council, 2014-15. Chair, Interagency Disabilities Board, 2014-15; Advisory Committee, Technology Assistance Program, 2014-15. Co-Chair, Interagency Transition Council for Youth with Disabilities, 2014-15.


Member, Interagency Committee on Aging Services, 2014-15; Virginia I. Jones Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Council, 2014-15; Maryland Building Rehabilitation Code Advisory Council, 2014-15; Advisory Council to the Children's Cabinet, 2014-15; Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, 2014-15; Governor's Commission for Effective Community Inclusion of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 2014-15; State Coordinating Committee for Human Services Transportation, 2014-15; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs, 2014-15; State Advisory Council on Quality Care at the End of Life, 2014-15. Governing Board, Maryland Center for School Safety, 2014-15. Member, Task Force to Study the Impact of Expanding Credit and Noncredit Courses for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 2014-15; Maryland Commission on Suicide Prevention, 2014-15; State Early Childhood Advisory Council, 2014-.

Education Program Specialist, State Department of Education, 1995-2008. Chair, Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, 2001-04 (vice-chair, 1999-2001; member, 1998).

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, January 19, 1969. University of Maryland, College Park, B.A. (psychology/criminology), magna cum laude, 1991; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1994. Admitted to Maryland Bar, 1994. Attorney coach/instructor, Mock Trial Team, University of Maryland, College Park, 1995-2003, 2006-14 (national champions, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2008). Volunteer staff, Maryland Youth Leadership Forum, 2000-09. Board of Directors, American Mock Trial Association, 2000-10. Member, Citizens Advisory Committee, Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities, Kennedy Krieger Institute, 2011-. Co-editor, Maryland Special Education Law and Policy Manual (1st edition, March 2001, 2nd edition, March 2008). Outstanding Youth with Disability, Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, 1987. Married; one child.

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