Bill DiMascio is former executive director of the Pennsylvania Prison Society, a private, nonprofit organization that has been advocating for the humane treatment of prisoners since 1787. He took over that position in 1998. Earlier, as an independent consultant, his work included communications strategy development for the State-Centered Project of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation in North and South Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. Before opening his consulting practice, DiMascio was a journalist; he held posts as executive editor of the Cleveland (Ohio) Press and bureau chief for the Associated Press in Nashville, Tennessee and, later, Columbus, Ohio. He also served as an army officer in Vietnam. A native of Philadelphia, he received an undergraduate degree from Temple University and a master's degree from Neumann College.