Valerie Novack (she/her) is a disability policy researcher focusing on inclusive infrastructure and emergency management practices. She focuses on integrating the expertise of lived experience and grassroots efforts of marginalized peoples into policymaking at the local, State, and Federal levels. As a 2019 Portlight Fellow, Valerie focused on legislative solutions to inaccessible emergency response practices in the United States. Currently, Ms. Novack serves as the Board Chair of the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies and as a policy fellow with the Disability Justice Initiative at the Center for American Progress. Novack has a bachelor’s degree in disability studies and urban planning from the University of Toledo and a master’s degree in disaster preparedness and emergency management from Arkansas State University.