Colin Killick (he/him/his) is the Executive Director of Disability Policy Consortium (DPC), a statewide civil rights advocacy and research organization run by and for people with disabilities. He first joined DPC as a community organizer in 2014, and that year he co-founded the Housing Advocacy Leadership Team (HALT), a joint project of DPC and the Boston Center for Independent Living that develops leaders within the disability community to advocate for affordable housing. Since 2014, HALT has grown the state’s Alternative Housing Voucher Program for low-income people with disabilities from $3.45 million to $12.5 million today. He attended Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he earned his Masters in Public Policy in 2018 and was awarded the school’s RFK Award for Public Service, before returning to DPC, becoming its Executive Director in 2019. He has motor dysgraphia, executive function disorder, and major depression, and credits the accommodations he received thanks to prior generations of disability rights advocates for being able to do this work.KEEP READING
Regina “Gina” Kline is an entrepreneur, civil rights lawyer, and thought leader. She serves as the Founder and CEO of SmartJob, LLC, a global company with the core mission of closing the disability wealth gap. For well over a decade as a nationally recognized civil rights attorney, Gina led efforts to dramatically improve working conditions and the employment of people with disabilities. Gina filed and resolved the United States’ first cases under the Americans with Disabilities Act to challenge segregated and often exploitative disability work settings. 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. Gina is the author of multiple government reports and evaluations of the U.S. disability employment system, provided public testimony in front of federal and state government entities and commissions, and has advised public and private leaders and organizations on disability.KEEP READING
Chris Soukup began his career with CSD serving as coordinator of the company’s adult basic education (ABE) program in 1996. After graduating with a business degree from Gallaudet University 2001, he returned to CSD to be part of the team that launched the first nationwide Video Relay Service (VRS). Over the past twenty years, Chris has worked in diverse and progressively responsible roles within and throughout CSD. He became CEO in 2014 and thus far during his tenure he has led CSD’s transformation to become a fully virtualized organization; the creation of the first social venture fund dedicated to deaf and disabled entrepreneurs; the launch of a jobs marketplace for deaf and disabled professionals seeking contract work and full time employment opportunities; the introduction of a new community foundation dedicated to strengthening the capacity of nonprofit organizations serving deaf and disabled people; as well as a continuum of innovative communication solutions to bolster the relationship between government and corporate entities with deaf and disabled customers. Chris has worked relentlessly over the past eight years to support the advancement of deaf and disabled communities through keynote presentations, published articles, and frequent collaboration with national media. He has served and continues to serve on a number of boards and he regularly advises and collaborates with businesses and organizations on deaf and disability topics. He currently resides in Austin, Texas with his family.