Nicole Jorwic is the director of rights policy at The Arc. Nicole served as Senior Policy Advisor and Manager of the Employment First Initiative in Illinois, where she collaborated to draft a statewide strategic plan. Prior to that appointment, Nicole served as the CEO/President of the Institute on Public Policy for People with Disabilities, where she continued the Institute’s mission to improve the lives of people with disabilities and assisted the leadership of the state of Illinois in developing public policy driven best practices in residential and employment services. Nicole is also an accomplished special education attorney and an advocate for students with disabilities, with a focus on transition-aged youth. Nicole received her JD and Child and Family Law Certificate from Loyola University Chicago. She received her BS from the University of Illinois. Nicole is also a sibling; her brother Chris is 27 and has autism.