Melanie Perkins McLaughlin

Melanie Perkins McLaughlin, M.Ed., is clerk of the Federation Board. She is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, a disability rights advocate, public speaker and the mother of three children, the youngest of whom has Down syndrome. She was the first Allen C. Crocker Fellow with the Mass Developmental Disabilities Council and is currently the co-chair of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Special Advisory Committee, and Medford Special Education Parent Advisory Council. Melanie received a master’s in Education Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She believes disability rights and inclusive communication are civil rights issues.