Michael D. Weekes

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Michael D. Weekes, President

Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, Inc.

Michael D. Weekes is the President of the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, Inc. Referred to as The Providers Council, and founded in 1975, it is the states’ largest statewide human services trade association. As the chief executive officer for the Council and its subsidiary organization, the Human Service Providers Charitable Foundation, he is responsible for policy development, operations, legislative advocacy, membership service development and creating an agenda for improved state and federal policies for providers and the people they serve.

He currently serves as a co-chair of the human service industry group called, The Collaborative. This alliance of trade associations is engaged in activities to promote the contracted human service industry.

Prior to accepting this position in 1998, he served for four and a half years as the Deputy Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Social Services. In that role he served as chief policy writer and led program development activities for the states’ child welfare agency. He was principally involved in developing the nationally recognized Teen Living Programs for parenting teens affected by welfare reform. He’s a founder of Masachusetts Families for Kids, a partnership between the Kellogg Foundation and communities seeking permanency for children.

In 1992, he was appointed to Governor Weld’s Special Commission on Foster Care. He has served on the administration’s Minority Business Enterprise Oversight Committee and was appointed by Governor Cellucci on the Father Absence and Family Support Commission.

He was the assistant executive director of the Center for Human Development, the largest multi-service provider organization in western MA.

At Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work and Western New England College School of Social Work, he is a member of the adjunct faculty.

Nationally, he was elected Board Vice-Chairman of the National Council of Nonprofit Associations. And, has served on numerous commissions and task forces focused on the human service, government and nonprofit sectors. He has spoken to various groups on the Human Services Workforce, Nonprofit Funding, and Leadership in the sector.