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Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education

GCDSE Staff Members


Kristin Vandagriff
Executive Director
Phone: (907)
Fax: (907) 269-8995

Kristin Vandagriff is the Executive Director for the Alaska Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education. She has been an advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities for over 26 years, and is a big sister to an awesome brother with a developmental disability. She has worked in the social services field for individuals with disabilities for over 14 years, working in direct care for a DD provider agency, as well as within the State of Alaska’s Division of Senior and Disabilities Services I/DD Unit, and began working at the DD Council in October of 2013. Kristin graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor of Arts in political science as a University Honors Scholar with an emphasis on American Government, especially related to access and social justice issues for individuals with disabilities. Kristin has had her work published in the National Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, as well as co-authored national subminimum wage briefs, the Alaska Transition Handbook, and the Empowerment Through Employment guide. Throughout her time with the Council, Kristin has been thrilled to be involved with the successful passage of numerous bills, including: Employment First, Supported Decision Making Agreements, ABLE Accounts, and the DD Shared Vision. Her proudest accomplishment in this field is championing a state statute towards successful passage which focuses service provision on meaningful person-directed lives and elevates employment as a core component of a meaningful life.