Denise Marshall
Executive Director


  • Charter schools
  • School vouchers
  • Student-centered education
  • Accountability
  • State of education
  • Civil rights
  • Education law
  • Parent involvement
  • Safety and violence
  • Special education and learning disabilities

Denise has been the Executive Director of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) since 2005. COPAA is a national, independent organization that protects the legal and civil rights of students with disabilities and their families through an unparalleled peer to peer network of attorneys, advocates, families and related professionals. Denise graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Master of Science in Applied Behavioral Science. She has a wealth of non-profit association management experience and is a dynamic trainer, experienced in leading sessions for participants of diverse abilities and experience levels. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of COPAA Denise was the Director of Training and Educational Outreach for the national organization TASH from 1995-2005, the Program Manager and trainer for Maryland Leaders in Disability Policy, among other consulting and management positions. Denise’s specific areas of interest are civil right to quality education, positive behavioral supports, prevention and reduction in the use of restraints, seclusion and aversive techniques, family supports, grassroots advocacy, self-advocacy, and experiential learning.