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Disability Rights Wisconsin Appoints Daniel Idzikowski as Executive Director

Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW), the state’s designated protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities, has hired Daniel Idzikowski as its Executive Director.

He assumed this position on September 30th.

Dan has a long impressive track record of working for social justice. Throughout his career Dan has advocated for and with disadvantaged populations across Wisconsin. He has collaborated with numerous organizations and government agencies to create innovative partnerships that advance justice, social equity, and economic opportunity. “I am thrilled to help steward Disability Rights Wisconsin – an organization with a tremendously talented staff committed to community collaboration and the empowerment of the disability community,” Dan stated upon appointment.

After receiving his law degree from Marquette Law School, Dan served as an attorney for the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund, Legal Services of Northeastern Wisconsin, the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee, and Legal Action of Wisconsin. As Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse, a social services agency of similar size as DRW with offices throughout western Wisconsin, he quintupled the agency’s budget and developed new programs including disability services, immigration, domestic violence prevention, and special needs adoption. He subsequently served as the Assistant Dean for Public Service at Marquette University Law School, where he coordinated community outreach and volunteer efforts, developing a dozen innovative partnerships to provide free community legal services. Dan has also served as vice-chair of the Legal Assistance Committee of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee County Community Justice Council, and several nonprofit boards of directors.

“Dan brings experience and expertise in operational leadership, financial management, and relationship management, along with a passion for social justice that will grow DRW in its position as a premiere protection and advocacy agency serving people with disabilities, says Frank Sterzen, DRW Board President.

Dan can be reached at dan.idzikowski@drwi.org or 608-267-0214.

Disability Rights Wisconsin, a private non-profit organization founded in 1977, is part of the national system of disability protection and advocacy agencies which ensure the rights of people with disabilities or mental illness. The agency serves people throughout the entire state from offices in Madison, Milwaukee, and Rice Lake. DRW helps people with disabilities gain independence and the greatest possible quality of life by advocating for individuals, promoting positive legislative policy and programs and providing training to help them gain access to services and opportunities, and by protecting them from abuse, neglect, and discrimination.