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Patrick Cokley

Anthem Inc.
Disability Policy Engagement Manager
Patrick Cokley is the Disability Policy Engagement Manager at Anthem Inc. In his role, he supports Anthem’s continued engagement and communication with stakeholders on issues related to disability and provides guidance on how changes in legislation and policy may affect care for individuals with disabilities. Mr. Cokley coordinates Anthem’s enterprise-wide approach to the recognition of Disability Mentoring Day and National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and the development of the Anthem Internship Program supporting the inclusion of individuals with disabilities. In addition, Mr. Cokley works closely with multiple teams at Anthem as a subject matter expert on disability and disabiltiy related policies.
Prior to joining Anthem, Mr. Cokley worked at the U.S. Department of Labor, where he served as Director of the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) at the Office of Disability Employment Policy. The WRP works with colleges and universities to connect students with disabilities to an opportunity for Federal employment. In addition, Patrick was an Employer Policy Advisor in the Office of Disability Employment Policy where he provided in depth analysis on current public policy, policy priorities, policy development, and policy coordination of topics concerning employers and the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the workplace.
Patrick's expertise includes emergency preparedness for individuals with disabilities, as well as the relationship between diversity issues and disability in the workplace. As a graduate of the historically black Howard University, Patrick believes that it is imperative that the disability and traditional diversity communities learn to work together as they both share the core values of inclusion. Cultural barriers have led to disability being a taboo subject in many ethnic communities, and the disability community needs the experience of the diversity field to continue their advocacy and policy goals. Only together can both communities realize the success of an America that is inclusive of all of its citizens.