Meet the Educational Leadership Program Team

Marianne Riggio

Marianne Riggio headshotMarianne Riggio is well known worldwide as an expert in the field of deafblindness.

As the Perkins International Academy project manager, she has led the development of the first-ever international competency standard for teachers working with children with multiple disabilities.

Riggio was named director of Perkins International’s Educational Leadership Program in 2012. Prior to her current role, she served as an educational consultant for Perkins International and as regional coordinator for programs in Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

She is the co-author or editor of over 15 publications focusing on the education of children with deafblindness that are now used internationally as the basis of trainings for teachers, administrators and parents.

Riggio earned a master’s degree in multi-handicapped and deafblind education from Boston College, as well as a bachelor’s degree in special and elementary education.

Over the course of her career, she has traveled to Israel, Ukraine, Jordan, Portugal, Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa, Korea, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Thailand and Haiti to provide technical assistance to Perkins International’s local partners.