Full Name
David Bulkowski
Job Title
Executive Director
Disability Advocates
Speaker Bio
David Bulkowski is the Executive Director of Disability Advocates of Kent County which works alongside people with disabilities as they seek to lead self-directed lives and advocates for accessible and welcoming communities. Mr. Bulkowski, a licensed attorney, has been with Disability Advocates since 1995, serving first as the Disability Rights Coordinator, then Associate Director and finally in the role of Executive Director since January 2000. During his tenure, he has worked extensively with state and federal laws teaching others how these laws affect the rights and responsibilities of the community and persons with disabilities. Dave has spent a great deal of time organizing and advocating for accessibility, increased public transportation, and affordable & accessible housing in the Grand Rapids region. Most recently, he helped launch the Absolutely Accessible Kent project.
Dave is an active member of many community collaborations, the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids, and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. He has also served on the boards of the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan, the Greater Grand Rapids Home & Building Association, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights/Michigan State Advisory Committee. Finally, not related to Disability Advocates, Dave served our community first on the Grand Rapids Board of Education from 2001 to 2004 and then on the Kent County Commission from 2013 through 2022.

On the personal side of life, Dave is married to his awesome wife, Melissa, and they have three children: Sophie (28), Noah (28), and Lili (24).
David Bulkowski