Donna L. Sorkin, MA

Executive Director, American Cochlear Implant Alliance, Washington, DC

Sorkin is the staff director of a national organization devoted to expanding access to cochlear implantation (CI). Membership is comprised of clinicians—including ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeons, audiologists, and therapists—and consumer/parent advocates. She previously directed two consumer organizations, one for adults who have hearing loss and one focused on children who have hearing loss. For 11 years, she served as Vice President for Consumer Affairs at Cochlear Americas (an implant manufacturer), where she led public policy initiatives and other activities aimed at meeting the needs of cochlear implant users, including insurance coverage, habilitation for children and adults, and educational needs of children who have cochlear implants. Sorkin has served on federal, corporate, and university boards, including the U.S. Access Board (as a presidential appointee) and the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (National Institutes of Health) Advisory Board. In addition, she serves on the advisory board of Gallaudet University, Washington, DC. She earned a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is deaf and received a cochlear implant in 1992.