Biography: 

Originally from Puerto Rico, Germán is an active community organizer with Philadelphia ADAPT, is a leader in direct action, and is the first person with a significant spinal cord injury to deploy to a disaster-impacted area. With Portlight and the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, he deployed to Puerto Rico shortly after Hurricane Maria. In addition to providing supports to disabled survivors, Germán met with disability organizations, stakeholders, and FEMA leadership. Germán has a key voice in the work of the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, shaping language and content for two legislative projects- the Real Emergency Access for Aging and Disability Inclusion in Disasters Act (REAADI) and the Disaster Relief Medicaid Act (DRM). Most recently, Germán represented the Partnership as the Regional Focal Point for the Americas for the United Nations Disaster Risk Reduction Stakeholder Group of Persons With Disabilities.