Phill Jenkins is an Accessibility Executive and Senior Engineer in IBM’s Research division. Mr. Jenkins was appointed in 2008 by the President of the United States to the U.S. Access Board, a federal agency dedicated to accessible design of information and communications technology (Section 508), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other regulations. Phill also serves on the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)’s Steering Council and was a key influence in creating the Web Accessibility Initiative in 1996.
Mr. Jenkins has been leading accessibility efforts in IBM for two decades. Phill works across all IBM business units, including IBM Interactive and Watson, provides innovative accessibility technologies, inclusive design thinking, and recently works on version 3 of IBM’s enterprise accessibility compliance systems.
He joined IBM in 1981 and helped launch the IBM Personal Computer and pioneered early computer usability studies. He received several awards for his dedication and contributions to making the Web more accessible to everyone. Phill holds several patents, speaks English and Italian fluently. He is married and has 3 sons and lives in the Austin, Texas area where he volunteers in the community.