SmartJob, LLC is a global company with the core mission of closing the disability wealth gap by making jobs “smarter,” through expanded investment, access to financial services, and better public policy.
SmartJob seeks to build an inclusive economy through capital investment that will change the labor force and workplaces of the future to include more people with disabilities.
The SmartJob Vision is one where everyone that can and wants to work will, and those with solutions to making the global economy more inclusive— including solving for the disability unemployment crisis—will be supported to launch and sustain them.
We support investment in:
Companies that will change the workplaces of the future to be more inclusive, diverse, innovative, and prosperous.
People, including individuals with disabilities, who will be the entrepreneurs, leaders, and executives that will advance solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.
New Technologies and Solutions that will make workplaces more accessible to people with disabilities and will remove unnecessary barriers to employment.
Entrepreneurship and Training that will meet the specific needs of people with disabilities and employers in emerging industries.
Places that have been undercapitalized and forgotten by traditional avenues of investment and where people with disabilities live.
Regina “Gina” Kline
Founder and Executive Chairman
Regina “Gina” Kline is an entrepreneur, civil rights lawyer, and thought leader dedicated to building the future of work by advancing the rights and interests of people with disabilities as innovators, workers, business owners, and consumers. As Executive Chairman and CEO of Smart Job, LLC, Gina leads the first global company singularly focused on closing the disability wealth gap through impact investment. Gina is driven to support entrepreneurs, seed stage companies, and small businesses as they build a new paradigm for disability innovation and upward mobility that supersedes the programs and outdated charity models of the past.
Gina has worked to challenge and end some of the most exploitative practices in the country affecting workers with disabilities, and has built meaningful, long term relationships throughout the disability community.
For over a decade as a civil rights attorney, Gina led efforts to dramatically improve working conditions and the employment of people with disabilities. As a Trial Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Gina successfully fought for workers with disabilities in segregated workplaces, where they were often paid pennies per hour, helping secure court orders to support and move over 11,000 workers to competitive integrated employment.
Gina filed and resolved the nation’s first cases under the ADA to challenge these segregated and often exploitive work settings. These landmark cases set a new standard in American law impacting millions of students and adults with disabilities. Gina received awards from Attorney General Eric Holder and Attorney General Loretta Lynch for her work.
During the Obama administration, Gina served as Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she provided legal and policy counsel regarding efforts to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Supreme Court’s landmark Olmstead v. L.C. decision. And she represented students and workers with disabilities in civil rights matters across the country as a Partner at the law firm of Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP. While at the firm, she was the Co-Leader of a national disability consulting practice.
Gina received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law where she graduated cum laude and her B.A. from Columbia University. Gina is the author of multiple government reports and evaluations of the U.S. disability employment system, and has advised public and private leaders and organizations on disability employment.
2020 Progress Report on National Disability Policy: Increasing Disability Employment
The Essential Guide to School Transition, Competitive Integrated Employment & Compliance with the ADA, Olmstead, and Section 511 of WIOA
National Disability Employment Policy, From the New Deal to the Real Deal: Joining the Industries of the Future, 2018
Has the Promise Been Kept? Federal Enforcement of Disability Rights Laws (Part 1), 2018
Preparing Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities for Work: What School Leaders Need to Know About the New Legal Landscapes, 2018