Lydia Dawson is the Director of Policy, Regulatory and Legal Analysis for ANCOR, the national, nonprofit trade association representing community providers of services to people with disabilities. She formerly served as the executive director for the Maine Association for Community Service Providers and the Idaho Association of Community Providers representing agencies supporting individuals with behavioral health and developmental disabilities. Prior to her work as a state association executive, she served as a staff attorney with Maine’s protection and advocacy agency representing individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She obtained her Juris Doctor from Roger Williams University School of Law with a concentration in public interest and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maine. She has been engaged statewide and nationally as a speaker and trainer on topics related to guardianship and supported decision-making, access and rate reimbursement methodology, and due process in Medicaid.