Zainab Alkebsi, Esq. is the Policy Counsel at the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). In this role, she advocates for regulatory changes to improve the quality of life of deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, deaf with mobile disabilities, and DeafBlind people in many areas including: transportation, telecommunications, employment, technology, and more. As part of her work, she advocates at federal agencies, through meetings and filing comments. Prior to joining the NAD, she served as Deputy Director at the Maryland Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing where she coordinated the office’s legislative and policy efforts. Licensed to practice law in Maryland, she is also the President of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Bar Association (DHHBA). She received her law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law (2012) and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2009).