Marc Maurer has served as President of the National Federation of the Blind since 1986. He has also served as president of the North America/Caribbean Region of the World Blind Union. He has been honored with the Maryland Black Caucus's Leadership Award, the United States Presidential Medal for Leadership, the Heritage Award from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, the Baltimore Business Journal's Innovation Award for Excellence in Workplace Technology, the VME Robert Dole Award and the Daily Record's Innovator of the Year award. A graduate of Indiana University School of Law, he is a member of the Bar in Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, and Maryland and a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. He is also one of the most experienced and knowledgeable attorneys in the country regarding the laws, precedents, and administrative rulings concerning civil rights and discrimination against the blind. As president of the National Federation of the Blind, Maurer led the visionary expansion of the National Center for the Blind--the National Federation of the Blind Jernigan Institute, which was completed in the spring of 2004. The facility, located on the grounds of the National Center, has added more than 170,000 square feet to the NFB's headquarters complex. The Institute, which is the first of its kind, conceived and built by the blind for the blind, is developing innovative education, technologies, products, and services that support independence for the world's blind.