National Industries for the Blind Announces New Board Leadership and Members

Alexandria, Virginia—National Industries for the Blind (NIB), the nation’s largest employment resource for people who are blind, announced updates to the organization’s board leadership and membership following its January board of directors meeting.

Paul Healy, Ph.D., was announced as the new chairperson of the NIB board of directors. Dr. Healy, who previously served as the board’s vice chairperson, is the James R. Williston Professor at the Harvard Business School. Dr. Healy has served on the NIB board since 2017.

“I feel very fortunate to work with such a diverse board of directors with vast knowledge and experience across many different industries,” said Dr. Healy. “The NIB board is excited to help guide and advise a cohesive team of professionals at NIB who continue to do incredible work to enhance the independence of people who are blind.”

Board member A. Robert Bloom, CPA, was named vice chairperson, and board member Vikram Agarwal, Esq., was named treasurer. Prior NIB board chairperson Susan Costlow will remain on the board as a private sector member for one more year during the transition in board leadership.

The NIB board of directors also added three new members: Jeffrey Mittman, U.S. Army veteran and CEO of NIB associated agency Bosma Enterprises in Indianapolis, Indiana; Christopher Burke, executive director and CEO of NIB associated agency Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany, in Albany, New York; and Cynthia Bryant, special counsel at a government agency in Washington, D.C.

NIB’s board oversees and administers a complex, multi-faceted program that supports the employment of thousands of people who are blind across the country. Under the board’s leadership and direction, NIB manages the production and delivery of SKILCRAFT® products and services through the AbilityOne® Program, and develops and delivers a variety of award-winning training and professional development programs that help people who are blind succeed in a variety of manufacturing and knowledge-based professional services careers.

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About National Industries for the Blind

Since 1938, National Industries for the Blind (NIB) has focused on enhancing the opportunities for economic and personal independence of people who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining, and improving employment. NIB and its network of associated nonprofit agencies are the nation’s largest employer of people who are blind through the manufacture and provision of SKILCRAFT® and other products and services of the AbilityOne® Program. For more information about NIB, visit