Julie Reiskin, LCSW
Julie Reiskin is the Co-Executive Director of the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC). CCDC advocates for social justice for people with all types of disabilities.
CCDC is a leading disability rights organization whose unique model of blending legal and non-attorney advocacy has achieved results for thousands of Coloradoans with disabilities. With a motto of “Nothing About Us Without Us—Ever”, CCDC has led the way in citizen or “client” engagement, and CCDC-trained advocates permeate the Colorado public policy arena. CCDC and Reiskin assist other organizations with assuring real and meaningful participation by “clients” at all levels. Through CCDC and the disability community, Ms. Reiskin has gained expertise in nonprofit accountability and best practices, publicly funded long-term community-based services, disability rights law, public benefits and the intersectionality of systemic and individual advocacy.
In 2010, Ms. Reiskin was appointed by President Obama to serve on the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation as the client representative. In 2018, she was elected to serve on the Board of the ACLU of Colorado and is currently Chair of the Board. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Denver Foundation and Treasurer of the National Pain Advocacy Center.
Ms. Reiskin is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver at the Graduate School of Social Work acting as a field liaison and teaching macro practice social work.
Ms. Reiskin provides consulting with organizations seeking to improve, expand or enhance their ability to effectively practice real and meaningful client/constituent engagement at all levels of the organization. She also helps organizations develop disability cultural competence and understand the intersection of ableism with racism and other forms of oppression. She has her MSW and BS from the University of Connecticut.