Daniel B. Frye, J.D.
Daniel Frye became the Executive Director of the NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired on October 21, 2013. In that capacity he is responsible for the overall operations of the state agency responsible for providing education, independent living, vocational rehabilitation, and eye health services for the estimated 290,000 residents of this state who are blind or visually impaired.
Prior to his appointment he served as a management and program specialist with the Rehabilitation Services Administration, U.S. Department of Education, where he was responsible for the national administration of the Federal Randolph-Sheppard program and the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults (HKNC).
Mr. Frye has also served in successive management positions on the national staff of the National Federation of the Blind from September 2005 to July 2010. From 2002 to 2005, he served as national advocate for the Association of Blind Citizens of New Zealand, responsible for managing the legislative and political programs of this grassroots civil rights organization of blind people. He began his career as a service representative and union advocate with the Social Security Administration in Seattle, Washington.
Mr. Frye earned his Juris Doctorate at the University of Washington, School of Law, and his BA at Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina. He has authored several book-length publications and numerous articles, most of these dealing with different aspects of blindness. In 2007, Governor Martin O’Malley appointed Mr. Frye to serve on the Maryland State Rehabilitation Council, the state entity responsible for oversight of the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services in the Maryland Department of Education.
Mr. Frye is married to Renee West and currently resides in Newark, NJ.