Executive Management

Dave Petersen Operating Group President

Dave joined the organization in 2003 when Civitas Solutions partnered with REM, a national provider of residential services for people with disabilities. Prior to the merger, Dave was an executive director with REM responsible for managing residential and support services throughout the state of Minnesota. As president of Civitas’ Community Support Services (CSS) Operating Group, Dave oversees human services operations in Arizona, California, Iowa, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin, as well as services offered through programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

With more than 30 years in the human services field, Dave’s background also includes experience working with individuals with acquired brain injury and the senior community. Early in Dave’s career, he designed and opened what is believed to be the first community-based residence in the United States for offenders with disabilities. Dave holds both a B.S. and an M.A. from St. Cloud State University.