Since its founding in 1940, the National Federation of the Blind has had eight Presidents. Three of these leaders—Dr. Jacobus tenBroek, Dr. Kenneth Jernigan, and Dr. Marc Maurer—served for a total of sixty-eight years.
Mark A. Riccobono
Mark A. Riccobono was first elected President of the National Federation of the Blind in 2014 and has been re-elected every two years since.
Dr. Marc Maurer
Dr. Marc Maurer was first elected President of the National Federation of the Blind in 1986 and was re-elected every two years until choosing not to run again in 2014.
Dr. Kenneth Jernigan
Dr. Kenneth Jernigan was first elected President of the National Federation of the Blind in 1968.
Dr. Jacobus tenBroek
Dr. Jacobus tenBroek founded the National Federation of the Blind and became its first President in 1940.
Others Who Have Served as President
- Ralph Sanders (Served from 1977 to 1978)
- Russell Kletzing (Served from 1962 to 1966)
- Perry Sundquist (Served in 1962)
- John Taylor (Served from 1961 to 1962)
For more information, we invite you to read Building the Lives We Want, a comprehensive ebook that was published as part of our seventy-fifth anniversary. You can also review our extensive timeline of the organized blind movement.