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Long-time OAR staff member Rachel Luizza was recently promoted to director of development and marketing. When asked about her new job, she said that she is “excited to continue supporting the growth of OAR by building a stronger brand and community of supporters. By doing this, OAR will be able to reach more people within the autism community and broaden our impact.” 

In this role, Luizza is responsible for the strategic planning and development of marketing and communication for OAR. This includes things like working across programs to develop communication/marketing strategies, developing donor and other partner communication strategies, and managing organization-wide annual fundraising appeals. 

Luizza came to OAR in 2017 as a RUN FOR AUTISM coordinator and was promoted to senior coordinator in 2019. In 2020, she helped to create a new position, manager of development and marketing, which she had for three years.  

She notes that OAR’s work takes a community to succeed. “Community involvement is crucial in helping OAR broaden its impact and help more people in the autism community. My role will be to strengthen and grow that community and I hope that all OAR supporters will help by spreading the word about OAR, sharing their stories, and continuing to actively engage with the OAR community.”