Photo of Ted Dienstfrey



As part of the 2019 Ed Roberts Day Celebration, TheCIL will be presenting Ted Dienstfrey with a Special Recognition Award to honor his contributions to TheCIL and to independent living in the Bay Area.


After earning his bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago and serving as a Foreign Service Officer with the US Department of State, Ted Dienstfrey moved to Berkeley in the early 1960s to pursue his master's degree in city planning at UC Berkeley.  Ted and his wife, Patricia, social justice advocates themselves, appreciated the activist spirit that pervaded Berkeley (the city as well as the campus) at the time, and it was here that they decided to establish their careers and raise their family, which now includes three children and seven grandchildren.

Ted's professional work has always revolved around community development, and he has served as the director of the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and as the long-time Program Officer for the Gerson Bakar Foundation.  He was instrumental in obtaining a major endowment grant for TheCIL from the Barbara Bakar Shupin Estate. But Ted's board service is primary the means by which he has most profoundly impacted disability rights and the resources available to the disability community.  From 2010-2015, Ted served as a member of TheCIL's board of directors and on the finance committee . Given his business and financial acumen, Ted took the lead in establishing and growing TheCIL's endowment, including the process of selling our property on Telegraph Avenue.  His knowledge and hard work in the areas of fundraising and investing are major factors in the financial stability that TheCIL currently enjoys.


In addition to serving on TheCIL's board, Ted has also served on the board of TheCIL/Haas Foundation (the entity which he helped create that was instrumental in facilitating the funding needed for TheCIL to move its headquarters to the Ed Roberts Campus), and he currently serves on the Ed Roberts Campus board as well as the board of Computer Technologies Program, a not-for-profit vocational training organization that teaches jobseekers with disabilities the skills they need to succeed in today's employment market.  TheCIL is grateful to Ted for all that he has done over the years to create and promote opportunities in the lives of people with disabilities.