Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities


  • Karen M. Tamley
  • Commissioner
Commissioner Karen M. Tamley


Karen Tamley serves as Commissioner for the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) under Mayor of Chicago, Lori E. Lightfoot. MOPD promotes the full inclusion of people with all types of disabilities and strives to make Chicago the most accessible city in the nation.

In her role as Commissioner, Ms. Tamley leads disability policy and accessibility initiatives in the areas of transportation, city infrastructure, technology, emergency planning, education, and employment. She also oversees the delivery of direct services including in-home supports, home accessibility modifications, and employment services to thousands of youth and adults with disabilities.

In 2016, Commissioner Tamley was appointed by President Obama to serve on the United States Access Board, which develops national accessibility guidelines and standards. In March of 2019, she was elected Chair of the Access Board.

Commissioner Tamley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

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