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.