Access Living's board of directors announced that Karen Tamley has been named the next president/CEO of Access Living.
Tamley takes the role March 2, bringing experience with advocacy, public funding and policy, having served as commissioner of the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities in Chicago for 14 years.
She also worked at Access Living from 1996 to 2005, under founding CEO Marca Bristofirst for three years as the housing policy coordinator and then for six years as the director of programs.
Access Living launched a public search for a new president/CEO last fall, after Bristo stepped down; she soon after passed away from cancer, on Sept. 8, 2019.
Established in 1980, Access Living is a disability led change agent committed to fostering an inclusive society that enables Chicagoans with disabilities to live fully-engaged and self-directed lives.