Representative Payee Program Analyst
Raquel Rosa joined NDRN in September 2019, and is responsible for reviewing rep payee cases and corrective action plans submitted by the P&As. She also coordinates the rep payee program’s training sessions throughout the year and for the annual conference. Having grown up with several relatives with disabilities, including a brother with cerebral palsy, Raquel is personally and professionally invested in the disability advocacy movement. Her subject matter expertise includes intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), supporting families of people with I/DD, the self-advocacy movement, and direct support workers. For the majority of her nearly 20-year career, she provided direct home- and community-based supports to adults with I/DD, many of whom were previously institutionalized. She went on to advise self-advocates with I/DD by helping organize their advocacy agenda and facilitating opportunities for them to educate others and advocate on the behalf of people with disabilities whose voices are not heard. Later, Raquel’s career led her to the national level, most recently at TASH, where some of her work included significant contributions to federally funded national technical assistance centers focused on inclusive education for K-8 students; young people with disabilities transitioning from high school to employment; and self-advocates supporting their peers. In 2010, she became a founding member of DC Metro Sibs, an informal support group for adult siblings of people with I/DD. Raquel earned her BA in Disability Studies from the City University of New York, and her MS in Nonprofit Management from Our Lady of the Lake University.