William Vesneski

MSW, PhD, University of Washington

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Dr. Vesneski joined the School of Social Work faculty as a full-time lecturer in 2015. He began his career as a public defender in juvenile court, representing parents in dependency proceedings and youth in criminal prosecutions. After receiving his MSW from the University of Washington in 1998, he spent a decade as a staff member and consultant to the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association where he helped steer the association’s national evaluation activities.

More recently, Dr. Vesneski served as a senior manager with the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation where he directed the foundation’s social welfare giving in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to a doctorate in social welfare and a master's degree in social work from the University of Washington, Dr. Vesneski holds a law degree from Seattle University. His scholarship centers on the ways that law shapes social welfare policy and mirrors larger societal discourse on poverty—particularly in relation to child welfare clients. He has published in both social work and legal journals.

Dr. Vesneski lives in Seattle with his husband Michael and their son Hezekiah.