Ms. Gracechild joined the disability rights movement as Executive Director of Resources for Independent Living in 1981 with a rich and diverse background in civil rights advocacy. Both as an AFDC social worker and later as a teacher in the barrio of San Bernardino she came to appreciate the day to day struggle of those left out of the American dream.
As a commissioner on the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women, she worked on the implementation of Title IX equity for women and girls in school athletic programs and taught parent education classes at Santa Rosa Junior College in non-sexist, non-racist, non-classist children’s literature. As President of Health Access of California, Ms. Gracechild was the statewide spokesperson for the Patient Bill of Rights from 2000 to 2001. As a member of the Sacramento progressive community, Ms. Gracechild has been active in labor issues for women, farm workers, seniors, teachers, janitors, in-home care workers and the disabled. Ms. Gracechild joined the Paratransit Board in 2008.