David Morrissey is the Executive Director of the United States International Council on Disabilities. He has held management positions in several nonprofit organizations, served as a member of the board of directors of his local center for independent living, and was the 2007 Disability Policy Leadership Fellow for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. He has presented on the transition to adulthood for youth with spina bifida both nationally and internationally and served on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Expert Working Group on Transition at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. He has also advocated in the area of emergency management and disaster relief as experienced by people with disabilities, and served as a community preparedness resource.
Morrissey was a member of the inaugural class of the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas where he earned his Master of Public Service degree in 2006. During this program he conducted fieldwork in Vietnam working with grassroots disabilities organizations and conducting a survey of the experiences of persons with disabilities in that country, later published in Disabilities: Insights from Around the World (Praeger Press, 2009). He also trained in the Maternal and Child Health Bureau-funded Leadership Education In Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Partners for Inclusive Communities, a University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.