INCLUDEnyc’s Lori Podvesker Twice Named to Education Power 100 List

New York, NY, Feb. 1, 2021—Lori Podvesker, INCLUDEnyc's Director of Education and Disability Policy, has been twice named to City & State’s Education Power 100 List. Lori, a nominee to the list in 2020 and 2021, is a former special education teacher, parent, and advocate for young people with disabilities. 

Read full City & State profile here.

For over a decade, Lori has grown INCLUDEnyc’s involvement in New York City education and disability policy. She is a tireless advocate for transparency, accountability, and improved outcomes for New York City students with disabilities. Lori is a mayoral appointee and Vice Chair of the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) of the NYC Department of Education. She is a member of the New York State Commissioner’s Advisory Panel (CAP) for Special Education Services, an advisory council to the NYS Office of Special Education and to the Governor, Legislature, and Commissioner on unmet needs in the education of students with disabilities.  

“We are so proud that Lori has been named to the Education Power list for two consecutive years. Lori continues to be a fierce advocate for young people with disabilities and their families, who are among the most impacted by this pandemic. The entire INCLUDEnyc team is grateful for her service and her advocacy for the disability community. Congratulations, Lori,” said Barbara Glassman, Executive Director of INCLUDEnyc. 

Through City Council testimony, coalition work, and virtual town halls with elected officials, Lori has advocated in recent months for schools to address learning loss and missed services for students with disabilities. Lori also raised awareness through education stories on BBC News, WNYC, New York Daily News, and other leading media outlets.

“I will keep fighting for my son, Jack who attends a District 75 High School program, and for all of our young people with disabilities. If we collectively don’t take more action right now, students with disabilities will become more marginalized and segregated within our schools and communities. It will further widen the achievement gap, as well as lead to unemployment, incarceration, and social and behavioral challenges in the years to come,” Podvesker said.