Staff: Chase Bearden

Director of Advocacy & Community Organizing

A fluffy, medium-sized golden retriever mix dog is overflowing the lap of a man in a push chair. Both are smiling.

Chase received his BA in Business from Concordia University. As Director of Advocacy for the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, Chase is called on for research, policy analysis and recommendations to the Texas Legislature and state agencies on issues surrounding disabilities. His service on advisory groups and boards includes appointments by Gov. Rick Perry to the Rehabilitation Council of Texas and the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners. Most recently, Chase was reappointed to TBAE by Gov. Greg Abbott. He has successfully advocated for positive change in government policy and practice in employment, transportation, voting, education, health care and architectural barriers to promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities in community life. Chase has received the Legislative award from the Texas Rehabilitation Association, the President’s award from the Texas Physical Therapy Association and the Advocates award from the Down Syndrome Association. He has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer and worked for the St. David’s Medical Center running community programs focused on empowering youths and adults with disabilities through sports and recreation.

Right: Chase with Hank (still a puppy!).

Boards and committees on which Chase serves include: