William Vesneski, PhD
MSW, JD, PhD
Building/Room: Casey 3W
Dr. Vesneski joins the faculty after having been a full-time lecturer at the University of Washington School of Social Work for three years. He teaches macro practice and social policy. His research focuses on child welfare law and policy and he publishes in both social work and legal journals.
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 affiliated with the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association - first as a staff member and then as a consultant contributing to the organization's national evaluation activities. Subsequently, he 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.