SEVERN — The Arc Central Chesapeake Region, a nonprofit committed to transforming lives for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and Laura Austin, board chairman, are pleased to announce the addition of Matthew Teffeau, government affairs manager with Choptank Electric Cooperative, to the Board of Directors, effective March 25.

Teffeau’s extensive legislative experience, coupled with his community affairs, grassroots organization, and nonprofit organization skills, will enhance The Arc’s current advocacy efforts as it works to increase equity and access for people with I/DD, Austin said in a statement.

“We are proud to welcome Matthew to The Arc’s board,” said Jonathon Rondeau, president and CEO, The Arc. “Matthew has a strong commitment to the Annapolis and Eastern Shore region, and he will be instrumental in The Arc’s growth and continued work in championing equity and access for the people we support.”

After graduating from Salisbury University in 2010, he worked as a legislative assistant in Maryland’s first congressional district, addressing agricultural and natural resource issues. Feffeau’s ability to build strong relationships with Maryland farmers led to a career with the Maryland Farm Bureau as assistant director of government relations. At the bureau, he advocated for Maryland farmers, while working across party lines to pass legislation.

“As a life-long Marylander and native of Preston on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, I look forward to working with fellow board members to continue advancing The Arc’s mission,” said Teffeeau. “The Arc’s work on behalf of residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities on our Eastern Shore and its surrounding support area is vital to ensuring they are visual and valued members and advocating for equal rights for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

Teffeau later joined the Maryland Department of Agriculture under the Hogan administration. For three legislative sessions, he had a 100% departmental bill passage rate. Last year, The Daily Record included Teffeau on its 2020 VIP List, which recognizes Maryland leaders 40 years old or younger for their outstanding professional accomplishments, civic involvement, and commitment to inspiring change.

In his spare time, Teffeau likes to enjoy the outdoors, go hiking, playing golf and recreational soccer, and most importantly, spending time with his 2-year-old daughter Harriet.

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