John Winske - Director
John has over thirty years’ experience providing executive leadership for cross-disability nonprofit organizations and private sector companies that are focused on creating the policy change and developing a more inclusive world. Under John’s leadership, DPC has grown from a small advocacy and policy shop to a disability led research, direct service, and advocacy organization that is completely led by people with disabilities and employs over twenty talented staff members, 80% of whom are members of the disability community.
John is skilled at creating innovative research, policy development, direct service initiatives and securing funding from partners like the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, and Brandeis University that drive those initiatives forward. John's time at DPC has allowed him to introduce a new vision for the disability civil rights movement under the banner of "About Us, By Us." This theory posits that people with disabilities now possess the requisite skills, experience and educational background to successfully direct and run the organizations which provide services to our community.
Before his time at DPC, John started four businesses and served as the the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities. He also served as the Vice President of Human Resources and Development for the Boston Center for Independent Living.
John holds a bachelor's in business administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst University Without Walls. When not working, he is a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots and is old enough to remember all the heartbreaking years before the Duck Boats rolled.