About Our Leadership
Our Board of Directors currently has 11 members, mostly autism parents. Dr. Peter Gerhardt, the Chairman of our Scientific Council, is also a member of the Board. Combined, they represent more than 200 years of autism experience. Their family members with autism include sons, daughters, and siblings across the spectrum ranging in age from 7 to almost 30. In addition to their life experiences with autism, the members of the Board bring diverse backgrounds in business and civic arenas to OAR.
The Board’s responsibilities include: governing OAR, setting OAR’s research direction, approving all plans for funding research and operating OAR, raising funds to support OAR’s programs and activities, and ensuring that OAR’s business and fiscal practices are sound and well managed. All members of the Board are volunteers and receive no compensation for their service.
Our Board meets periodically by teleconference and convenes in-person once each year. Anyone interested in serving on OAR’s Board of Directors should contact OAR Executive Director, Mike Maloney, via e-mail, , or phone, (703) 243-9727.