Claude Stout — Executive Director

Claude_Capitol_croppedClaude L. Stout has served as Executive Director of TDI since January 13, 1997. He also serves as Chair of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network, a national coalition of twenty organizations representing deaf and hard of hearing citizens, and he is a member of the Federal Communications Commission Consumer Advisory Committee.

Prior to joining TDI, Mr. Stout served for five years as Assistant Director for Community Affairs with the North Carolina Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing, sixteen months as Executive Director of the Missouri Commission for the Deaf, ten years as Assistant Executive Director for Business Services of the National Association of the Deaf, and a year as Instructor in the Department of Business Administration at Gallaudet University. He graduated from Gallaudet University in 1978 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration and again in 1980 with an M.B.A. degree in Management.

He is married to the former Judy Cummings, and they have two children, Abby and Ty.