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Larysa Kautz

President & CEOMelwood

Washington, DC

Member Since November 2023


Community Building
Leadeship and Team Inspiration
Training & Development


As the President & CEO of Melwood, I lead a nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for children and adults with disabilities through employment, training, and support services, and fun! With over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, I have a passion for empowering individuals and communities to overcome barriers, achieve independence, and thrive in an inclusive setting. I have a proven track record of success in transforming organizations, driving growth, and fostering partnerships across sectors. I have spearheaded initiatives such as the merger of Melwood with another nonprofit, the launch of a venture philanthropy fund, and the development of multiple tax credit projects. I am committed to advancing women's leadership and neurodiversity in the nonprofit industry.

Published content

A culture of disability inclusion: 3 actionable steps to improve your workforce


Solving the underemployment and unemployment of people with disabilities is more than a moral imperative—it’s a business imperative.

Company details


Company bio

Melwood is one of the largest employers of people with disabilities in the country, employing more than 1,600 workers – nearly 1,000 of whom are people with disabilities. Founded in 1963, Melwood advocates for and empowers people with disabilities by expanding opportunities to work and thrive in community. Melwood offers job placement, job training, life skills for independence, and support services to more than 3,000 people each year in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Melwood also has an inclusive summer camp program for children and provides additional youth and community recreational services for individuals with disabilities. For more information, visit


Social impact & nonprofit

Area of focus

Total Facility Management
Contract Sites
Non Profit

Company size

1,001 - 5,000