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Chairman, Epilepsy Foundation

Tony Coelho, who has epilepsy, is a former member of  U.S. House of Representatives. While in the House, he authored the Americans with Disabilities Act, widely recognized as the most important piece of civil rights legislation in the last 30 years. During his 10 years in congress, Coelho served as Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and was the first-ever elected Majority Whip. He also served in senior positions on the agriculture, natural resources and administration committees. After leaving Congress in 1989, Coelho joined Wertheim Schroder & Company, Inc., an investment-banking firm in New York, where, serving in top leadership positions, he helped to grow from $400 million to $4 billion in managed investments. In 1995, Mr. Coelho formed ETC w/TCI, an education and training technology company in Washington, D.C., where he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until it was sold in 1997. In 1999, he returned to politics when Vice President Gore asked him to serve as the General Chairman of his presidential campaign. In that position, he helped Gore capture the Democratic nomination while winning every primary and caucus

Coelho's former and current business affiliations include service on a number of corporate boards. In addition to his work in the private sector, Mr. Coelho continues to devote much of his time to public service. A native of California, Mr. Coelho earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1964 from Loyola Marymount University.

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