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John Butterworth Appointed to CQL Board of Directors

CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership is honored to welcome John Butterworth, Ph.D. to CQL’s Board of Directors. Butterworth is the Director of Employment Systems Change and Evaluation and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

“Among many areas of expertise, John is a renowned leader in issues related to employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” says Mary Kay Rizzolo, President & CEO of CQL. “Outcomes involving employment are critical to quality of life, and we look forward to having John’s guidance on our board.”

Butterworth has 40 years of experience as a researcher, consultant, trainer, and manager of employment services. He manages projects on employment support and state systems change, including Access to Integrated Employment, a 30 year national data collection project on day and employment services and outcomes.

Butterworth also manages projects for the State Employment Leadership Network, a membership network of state developmental disability agencies committed to improving employment outcomes. Butterworth’s interests include state and federal policy, transition, organizational transformation, employment outcomes, natural supports, person-centered planning, and program management.


Since 1969, CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership has been a leader in working with human service organizations and systems to continuously define, measure, and improve quality of life and quality of services for youth, adults, and older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and psychiatric disabilities. CQL offers accreditation, training, certification, research, and consultation services to agencies that share our vision of dignity, opportunity, and community for all people.