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Carrie Griffin Basas

Carrie Griffin Basas is the Director of the Office of Education Ombuds.  Carrie is a former civil rights and labor law attorney.  For many years, she was a law professor, specializing in disability rights, criminal justice, and ethics. She has taught at the University of North Carolina School of Law, Penn State University, Case Western Reserve University, the University of Tulsa College of Law, and Saint Joseph's College of Maine.  In 2014, Carrie returned to graduate school to attain a MEd in Education Policy, Organizations, and Leadership from the University of Washington.   Carrie is also a graduate of Swarthmore College (Honors B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology/Anthropology) and Harvard Law School (Juris Doctorate degree).

Before entering public service, Carrie founded a nonprofit focused on creating a national network of emerging professionals with disabilities and facilitating a pipeline of disability diversity to corporate and public workplace settings.  She continues to be actively involved in mentoring nontraditional and minority students.  Carrie has served as an advisor to the National Association of Law Students with Disabilities, a Commissioner on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Disability Rights, and a board member for nonprofits focused on human rights, mentoring, and education issues.  As part of her desire to merge research and practice, she published a book of mentoring advice (“Lawyers, Lead On”) from the current generation of lawyers with disabilities to the next generation.  She has also published extensively on issues of accommodation, racial and health stigma, collective bargaining, advocacy fatigue, and cultural competence.

Carrie identifies passionately with the work of the OEO as a woman with a disability, the mother of a child with disabilities and English Language-learning needs, and a first-generation college graduate.  She lives with her husband and daughter in Seattle.