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Priya Penner – Bio

Priya Penner, a brown woman with curly black hair and a nose piercing, smiles at the camera. She’s wearing a red-orange cardigan and a cream-colored shirt.

Priya Penner is a multiply-disabled queer activist of color, with grassroots organizing experience on the local, state, and national levels. Hailing from snowy Upstate NY, Penner learned about disability pride and disability rights at a very young age from her disabled adoptive mother. She spent several years using her knowledge of the Independent Living philosophy to organize on the grassroots level with national disability rights organization, ADAPT, as well as on the local and collegiate levels.

Penner joined the Partnership in June of 2020 to help ensure those in marginalized communities, especially those who are multiply-marginalized, are heard within the disaster relief field. She is excited to use her expansive knowledge in organizing, disability rights, and disability justice to further the Partnership’s mission and values.

In her nonexistent free time, Penner loves to go on car trips with her fiancée, play with her two cats, and yell obscenities at her TV when playing video games.

You can email her at p.penner@disasterstrategies.org

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