Our Executive Director

Molly Cole is the Executive Director of the CT State Independent Living Council. She has over 40 years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities and non-profit management. She comes to this position with an array of leadership experience, including serving as the Associate Director of the University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the Director of the Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities. She is the past president of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, a founding member of Family Voices, a national grassroots organization, and past president of the National Family Voices Board of Directors. She has published articles on leadership and family support, and written and directed numerous grant funded projects.

She is the former Executive Director of FAVOR Inc., a statewide family advocacy organization, and directed the Family Center at CT Children’s Medical Center. Ms. Cole is the parent of three children and has had personal experience with an array of services and programs in Connecticut. Her middle child, Mariyama had significant disabilities and complex medical needs, and passed away at the age of 18.