Pleasanton, CA – August 19, 2014 – USADB Board is very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Benro Ogynyipe, MPA as our new Deputy Commissioner. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gallaudet University and a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) from the School of Public Service at DePaul University. Benro currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.
Benro Ogunyipe has been employed with the State of Illinois, Department of Human Services (DHS) since 2003. In his capacity as an Accessibility Specialist, he directs and administers the program activities with special emphasis on Titles I-IV of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Benro has been actively involved with organizations geared towards serving people with disabilities and the deaf and hard of hearing community. He served as President of the National Black Deaf Advocates, Inc. from 2011 to 2013, and served as Vice President and Chairman of the Board from 2007 to 2011. He was a Commissioner and Vice Chair of the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission from 2007 to 2012, as appointed by the Governor.