Barry A. Jesinoski, a disabled veteran of the Persian Gulf War Era, was appointed Executive Director of the 1.2 million-member Disabled American Veterans (DAV) National Service and Legislative Headquarters in Washington, D.C. July 1, 2011. His responsibilities include oversight of the DAV National Service, and Legislative Programs, and acting as the organization's principal spokesperson before Congress, the White House and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
In his prior role as DAV’s Director of Human Resources, Mr. Jesinoski’s responsibilities included advising the Executive Director and providing executive oversight for the company’s human resource initiatives. He participated in strategic planning, organizational change, leadership development, talent acquisition, diversity initiatives, executive compensation planning, performance development, and benefits administration. He is also a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), initially certified by the Human Resources Certification Institute in January 2008.
A life member of DAV Chapter 2, San Diego, California, Mr. Jesinoski began his DAV career as a member of Class II at the National Service Officer Training Academy at Denver in 1995. Following graduation from the academy in June 1995, he was assigned as an NSO Trainee at the DAV National Service Office in Seattle. While serving in Seattle in 1996, he was promoted to Assistant Supervisor. In November 1997 Mr. Jesinoski was reassigned to the DAV National Service Office in San Diego to serve as office supervisor. In 2001, he was promoted to National Area Supervisor of Area 9 which includes the states of California, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii. Later the same year he was appointed Associate National Service Director and assigned to Washington, D.C., and was then promoted to Assistant National Service Director in 2002. In April 2007, he was appointed Deputy Director of Human Resources at the organization’s national headquarters in Kentucky.
A native of Parkers Prairie, Minnesota, Mr. Jesinoski graduated from Battle Lake High School in Battle Lake, Minnesota, attended Fergus Falls Community College in Minnesota, and studied at North Dakota State University at Fargo.
Mr. Jesinoski was medically discharged from the Marine Corps in 1993 as a result of injuries sustained during training. He lives with his wife Jennifer, and sons Weston and Connor in Maryland.