Chris Soukup

Chief Executive Officer, Communication Service for the Deaf

https://www.csd.org/
CSD’s visionary chief executive officer Christopher B. Soukup has successfully modernized a 40-year agency by enacting virtualization of all its operations. He has brought in some of the best Deaf talent from around the world, reinvesting in technologies grounded in universal design principles to leverage Deaf people’s lives towards sustainability. He first came to CSD as a community-based employee during the 1990s, and then earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Gallaudet University. He returned to work at CSD in various capacities, including as the senior vice president of CSD’s contact centers and then CSD Business. Shortly after, he became president for three years before being appointed CEO of the $40 million agency. Bringing this experience along with his firsthand knowledge and experiences in the Deaf community, Soukup’s goal is to redirect modern-day conversations that focus on prevailing misconceptions and attitudes about people with disabilities into a focus on business initiatives, reframing paradigms, and ensuring Deaf people are the decision-makers of their own lives. Soukup, who is Deaf, often presents at domestic and international conferences, community-based public forums, panels, and other public venues. He also has served on numerous boards and committees, such as the Federal Communication Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee. Currently, he is part of the U.S. Business Leadership Network Disability Equality Index advisory committee and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf Development Foundation Board, among others. Soukup, who makes his home in the Austin, TX area, has a young son who is deaf and autistic.
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