California Commission on Disability Access (CCDA) Chairperson Guy Leemhuis announced the appointment of Angela Jemmott to serve as its CCDA Executive Director. Ms. Jemmott will assume the position on March 1, 2015.
Encompassed among Ms. Jemmott’s various responsibilities are the leadership and management duties necessary to fulfill CCDA statutory mandates. CCDA was created by the legislature through Senate Bill 1608 (Statutes of 2008, Chapter 549) authored by Senator Ellen Corbett.
The Legislature concluded that despite the fact that state law has provided persons with disabilities the right to full and equal access to public facilities since 1968, and that a violation of the right of any person under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 also constitutes a violation of the Unruh Civil Rights Act since 1992 (Section 51 of the Civil Code), that persons with disabilities continue to be denied full and equal access to public facilities in many instances. The Legislature further concluded that businesses in California have the responsibility to provide full and equal access to public facilities as required in the laws and regulations, but that compliance may be impeded, in some instances, by conflicting state and federal regulations, resulting in unnecessary litigation.
The Legislature further intended that the commission be broadly representative of the ethnic, gender, disability and racial diversity of the population of California. The CCDA commissioners must also have specific qualifications as detailed in the law.
Highlights of the Executive Directors career
Ms. Jemmott has served as staff to the California Commission on Disability Access (CCDA) since 2011. She was instrumental in the development of bylaws, vision and mission statements, and meeting protocols. She also played an instrumental part in the creation of the Strategic Plan which was adopted by the commission and will help steer the direction of CCDA for the next three to five years. In 2012, Angela served as Acting Executive Director for CCDA, during which time she shepherded the Commission’s participation in the development and passage of SB 1186, and subsequently implemented the collection of data on access claims in California required in the bill.
Ms. Jemmott has an incredible amount of experience in shaping newly formed organizations. She served as the Transition Manger for the California Black Health Network (CBHN), through the California Endowment. (CBHN) is the oldest and largest organization of African American public health professionals in California. She worked directly with the Chairman of the board of (CBHN) to execute the operational and visionary transitional move from San Diego to Sacramento. Another development opportunity for Ms. Jemmott was during her work at MCI, Inc., for the newly formed Educational and Government Markets as the Technical Support and System Reporting Supervisor. Her unit implemented the System Reporting Process for smog testing results stations within the California DMV.
Additionally, Angela has served as the Northern Area Transfer Coordinator for Alliant International University which included experience with Ohlone College (a pioneer among community colleges within the deaf community). There she became one of the first to add Interpreter symbols to all marketing materials to encourage people with hearing impairments to attend presentations offered on campus. She became a leading advocate for the matriculation of students with disabilities for her university.
Angela is an alumnus of Sacramento State University and was one the founding members of the Black Alumni Associations. She is an active parent in the school district and is the founding president of CAAP, a parent advocacy group. Angela resides in Elk Grove, California, with her husband and sons.