President & CEO
The Telework Coalition
Areas of Expertise:
Chuck Wilsker is the President, CEO, and Co-Founder of the Telework Coalition (TelCoa), www.TelCoa.org, a nonprofit association headquartered in Washington, DC. TelCoa works to support and enable the advancement of Virtual, Mobile, and Distributed Work through Research, Education, Technology, and Legislation. Chuck has been involved with telework and telecommuting for about 13 years.
His efforts include promoting telework as a quick, inexpensive, and effective means of providing employment opportunities including those for older, rural, and disabled workers, including disabled veterans and their care givers, as a critical part of disaster avoidance, business continuity, and Continuity of Operations programs, and a way to both improve our environment and to reduce our dependence on imported energy. Traffic mitigation and work/life balance are also concerns of his.
At TelCoa Chuck has worked with his team in developing telework programs for call centers for such large organizations as McKesson Health Care, KP (Kaiser Permanente) OnCall, and Conagra foods. On the Federal side, the TelCoa team also assisted in writing the Telework Enhancement Act that was passed into law and telework favorable legislation proposed by several Senators and Congressmen. He has been a strong supporter of the Telecommuter Tax Fairness Act that will relieve interstate telecommuters of the burden of unfair double taxation by states.
He is a member of and has spoken before the Internet Society, the Broadband for America Coalition and Adoption Advisory Board, the Digital Energy Solutions Campaign, Our Energy Policy Foundation, the Mobility Choice Coalition, the Set America Free Coalition, the Association of Contingency Planners, the National Council on Readiness and Preparedness, and is a partner in the Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign to help educate the public about the importance of emergency preparedness.
Chuck has also addressed diverse groups as the National Institute of Science and Technology, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the US Department of Commerce, the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, the Association of Contingency Planners and the Peace Corps. He was invited to lead off a conference sponsored by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, addressing how telework relates to traffic mitigation, environmental benefits, and energy concerns.
He has been the featured guest on many radio interview shows including National Public Radio (NPR) and Federal News Radio, and was featured on Fox News’ Fox Magazine, ABC’s World News Tonight, NBC’s Nightly News, and the Voice of America. He has written many articles on telework and is often quoted in both local and National press, including the Washington Post, USAToday, the Wall Street Journal, Financial Week, Money Magazine, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Federal Computer Week, GovExec.com, Government Computer News, Computerworld, NetworkWorld magazine, ABCNews.com, CNN.money.com, and Fox.com.
Chuck is involved in a program that is an initiative of the United Nations to help promote “Accessible and Assistive Information and Communications Technologies for Persons with Disabilities”. He is currently a member of the Employment task force and was responsible for writing the chapter on Telework for the “Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communications Technologies (G3ict)” online “Toolkit for Employers”.
Prior to his involvement with telework, Chuck spent 30 years in the field of emerging telecommunications technologies, the majority of that time spent in senior sales and marketing management positions.
Recent Comments by Chuck Wilsker
- "While I agree that there are “limited short term options available to policy makers to address gasoline price increases”, I find it incredible that th"
CRS: Limited Short-Term Options on Gas Prices
- " I just don't understand, with all of the mandating demands being made, that we don't mandate that 30% or more of workers whose jobs are 'tele"
Discussion Catalyst: Moving Away from Oil–The Transportation Sector
- "Congress must heed Representative Bartlett’s call for enactment of H.R. 2600 – the Telecommuter Tax Fairness Act. This legislation wou"
Discussion Catalyst: Conservation and Fuel Efficiency