Who We Are

Our Mission

CBCG’s mission is to advance person-centered, outcome-based policies and practices by engaging individuals, providers, state systems and other stakeholders through advocacy, policy, and technical assistance to improve the quality of life for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, their families, and their communities.

Our Values

People First

Community Bridges believes that disability is a natural part of the human experience. All people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are defined by their own strengths, abilities and inherent value, not by their disability.


Community Bridges believes that disability rights are human rights. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are entitled to the respect, dignity, equality, safety, and security accorded to other members of society.


Community Bridges believes that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities belong in the community and have fundamental moral, civil and constitutional rights to be fully included and actively participate in all aspects of society.  Public policy should promote and require that federal funding and state funds be used to support people to live, work, and participate fully in their communities.


CBCG believes in self-determination and self-advocacy.  People with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with appropriate resources and supports, can make decisions about their own lives and must be heard on issues that affect their well-being.

Our Team

Kelly Friedlander

Kelly Friedlander, MSW, MPA

Owner & Principal Consultant
Phone: 800-214-1633

Kelly Friedlander is the Owner & Principal Consultant of Community Bridges Consulting Group. Kelly consults primarily on stakeholder engagement, advocacy, and developing innovative solutions to meet systems changes. Kelly also oversees the business development and outreach at Community Bridges.

A results-oriented, creative, and dedicated intellectual and developmental disability professional, Kelly has 10+ years of progressive responsibility in advocacy, policy analysis, and program development/administration. She excels at facilitating outreach and cross-agency collaboration that empower people with developmental disabilities and family members to be advocates and leaders. A strategic problem-solver, she has the ability to work across all levels of an organization and uncover ways to become more person-centered, reduce unnecessary staff activity and expense, and produce better outcomes for the organization and individuals served. Kelly has a proven track record supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live valued lives of their own design.

Prior to co-founding Community Bridges, Kelly was the founder and principal of Catalyst Consulting, where she worked on stakeholder engagement and policy analysis projects for clients such as the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, RHA Howell, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, and Anthem Healthcare. Prior to this role, Kelly served as the Director of Systems Change Management at the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities where she oversaw the strategic planning and program implementation of $1.5 million of Council-funded initiatives annually. Before moving to North Carolina, Kelly served as the Operational Manager of Pyramid, Inc., the largest day training program in Florida. She also has experience working within a state government, as she provided oversight to the Developmental Services Quality Assurance Contract at Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration.

Kelly holds a Masters of Social Work, a Masters of Public Administration, and a Bachelors of Social Work. In addition, she is a graduate from the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities Leadership Institute.

Caitlin Bailey

Caitlin Bailey, Ph.D


Caitlin Bailey is a Consultant at Community Bridges Consulting Group. Caitlin provides project support related to research and evaluation.

Caitlin Bailey is also the Director of Research and Evaluation at the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities (NLCDD) in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) at the University of Delaware. Ms. Bailey oversees all research conducted within and in partnership with the Leadership Consortium and is the lead staff person for strategic growth and development of NLCDD. Since 2010, Ms. Bailey has worked with NLCDD to develop their ongoing longitudinal research project to evaluate NLCDD programs and research the development of leadership across the disabilities field of services, supports and policies.

Matthew Potter

Matthew Potter


Matt Potter is a Consultant at Community Bridges Consulting Group. Matt consults primarily on stakeholder engagement and advocacy, and regularly serves as a speaker and trainer. Born with Cerebral Palsy, Matt decided very early on to rise above his challenges and help others to do the same and has been a public speaker and advocate for people with disabilities for his entire life.

Currently, Matt serves as a member of the Board of Directors of both CenterPoint Human Services and is a former member of the Board of Directors of The Enrichment Center of Winston-Salem, a former Vice-President of the Winston-Salem Mayor’s Council for Persons with Disabilities, former Chair of the CenterPoint Human Services Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Advisory Committee, and a current member of the CenterPoint Human Services Consumer and Family Advisory Committee (CFAC). Prior to joining Community Bridges, Matt was the Assistant Project Director of the North Carolina Advocacy Ambassador Initiative.

Matt has a Bachelor of Arts in English and is a 2011 graduate of North Carolina Partners in Policymaking.

Daniel Young

Daniel Young


Daniel Young is an analyst at Community Bridges Consulting Group. Daniel assists with research, data analysis, and technical writing.

Daniel Young is a health services research professional interested in improving access to needed care and necessary services for people with disabilities. This interest stems from Dan’s personal experience navigating the healthcare system as an individual with a spinal cord injury and a variety of roles in disability mentoring and advocacy, including the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and the University of Michigan Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems Advisory Council. Dan has additional experience in program management and survey research having worked on health behavior intervention studies for the Veterans Health Administration.

Dan holds a Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy and Bachelor of Education from the University of Michigan.