Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds

Andrea Kadlec
Director of Advocacy Development / Regional Developmental Disabilities Ombuds

A Northwest native, Andrea Kadlec grew up in Southern Idaho, was a foreign exchange student to Chile, and then obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees (in Journalism and Organizational Leadership) from Gonzaga University in Spokane. Andrea worked at Disability Rights Washington for about 15 years before pursuing a law degree. She graduated with a juris doctorate from Seattle University School of Law in 2017. In law school, she interned as a legislative lobbyist. As project director for the Alliance to End Sexual Violence in Long-Term Care, Andrea implements a federal Office of Violence Against Women grant so advocates are equipped to support long-term care residents who experience sexual violence. Andrea also serves as Region 2 Ombuds.

Over the past 18 years at Disability Rights Washington, Andrea built and facilitated coalitions; developed and implemented disability-rights curriculum; managed media and communications; developed and managed grants; and promoted local and national policy change to advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities. She served as public policy chair for the State Special Education Coalition; was a member of the National Disability Right Network’s Community Education and Self-Advocacy Committee; chaired the Northshore School District’s Special Education Parent & Professional Advisory Council; was a trustee of the Board of Directors of the Arc of King County; and assisted with advocacy development for Manos Unidas, a school for students with disabilities in Cuzco, Peru. Andrea enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, kayaking, yoga and time with her two daughters.