Claude Stout has served as Executive Director with TDI since January 1997. He was Chair of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network (DHHCAN), a national consumer coalition of twelve organizations representing deaf and hard of hearing citizens. He was previously a Co-Chair, and now a member of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Disability Advisory Committee (DAC). Prior to joining TDI, Mr. Stout was Assistant Director for Community Affairs with North Carolina Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing, Executive Director with Missouri Commission for the Deaf, Assistant Executive Director for Business Services with National Association of the Deaf, and Instructor in the Department of Business Administration at Gallaudet University. Mr. Stout holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, and a Masters of Business Administration in Management, both from Gallaudet University.