Steve Blanks

Steve has served as the Director of Workforce Development since 2010, having previously joined SEEC in 1999 as the Director of Medical Day programs and transitioning to Director of Employment Services. In his current role, he directs a staff of over 50 employment professionals who facilitate community-based employment and inclusion for approximately 200 men and women. Steve is also the primary administrator of SEEC’s participation in Project SEARCH replications at the National Institutes of Health, Montgomery County government, the Smithsonian Institution and Hilton Hotels Capital Area Region. Steve serves on several statewide groups including the Employment First State Leadership Team, a joint DORS-DDA advisory group and the Workforce Inclusion, Diversity and Equality subcommittee of the Governors’ Workforce Development Board. As a veteran of the employment field for persons with IDD, Steve has had the opportunity to present at various regional, national and international industry conferences including the Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education (MCIE) Transitioning Youth Conference, Maryland Association of Community Services, TASH International Conference and multiple APSE (Association of Persons with Supported Employment) International Conferences & Regional Institutes, as well as Project SEARCH International Conferences. Steve’s prior experience includes working in the for-profit sector as a business consultant for Fortune 500 companies on a range of strategic and organizational issues.

Steve has a unique interest in this field, as his eldest brother has a developmental disability and is successfully living and working in the community in Kansas City, Missouri. Steve holds a Master of Engineering, Economics, and Management degree from University of Oxford, England.