David D’Arcangelo Appointed Commissioner of Massachusetts Commission for the Blind

Boston— David D’Arcangelo has been named Commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) effective August 27, 2018.   MCB supports Massachusetts residents who are legally blind or who have low vision with a progressive visual impairment to live and enjoy  full community participation. MCB serves approximately 20,000 consumers and has a budget of $33.5M in fiscal year 2019.

“David is passionate about enhancing access and opportunity for persons with disabilities, and has worked to bring about positive change across Massachusetts in his most recent role as Director of the Massachusetts Office on Disability,” said Governor Charlie Baker.  “David has spent his career advocating on behalf of individuals with disabilities for equality and empowerment, and his background will serve him well as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.”

“David is a strong advocate for children, youth and adults  with disabilities across the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders. “His experience with our human service agencies that serve citizens with disabilities and his collaborative spirit will ensure MCB consumers and their families access the services and skill building supports needed to attain educational, employment and community living goals.”

Legally blind from a young age, David D’Arcangelo has built a successful career in both the public and private sectors and currently serves as the Baker-Polito Administration’s Director of the Massachusetts Office on Disability.  Previously, he served three terms as a Malden City Councilor At Large and was one of very few elected officials in Massachusetts to openly serve as a person with a disability.  David’s experience in government and public policy includes serving the Administrations of four Governors and as an aide in the Massachusetts Legislature.   David also has served on the Board of Directors for the Arc of Middlesex East, Resource Partnership, and Tailored for Success.

David is a graduate of Suffolk University, where he has served as an adjunct faculty member in the Communications and Journalism Department.  David lives in Malden with his wife Lisa and their daughter.

David  succeeds outgoing  MCB Commissioner Paul Saner whose appointment formally ends on August 26th.