Autism Speaks names new president

20 Jun

Autism Speaks has chosen a new president. Mark Roithmayr, the former president, has resigned.

From their press release:

Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announced that Liz Feld, a respected executive with a strong track record of accomplishment in both the public and private sectors, has been named the organization’s new president. The appointment, which is effective immediately, was announced by Autism Speaks Co-founders Bob and Suzanne Wright. Mark Roithmayr has resigned as president after serving in the position since 2005.

Ms. Feld is fairly new to Autism Speaks, having only joined this year. She was Vice President of Strategic Communications. For those curious as to what a vice president of Executive Communications does, the old Autism Speaks webpage for their leadership listed her as:

Liz Feld – Executive Vice President of Strategic Communications

with these two people listed under her:

Dana Marnane – Vice President — Awareness and Events
Bill Shea – National Director of Creative Services

What direction she will take Autism Speaks in is not immediately clear.

Ms. Feld was previously in the political sphere, having served as Mayor of Larchmont (in New York State) and having tried a run for the New York state senate.

Mr. Roithmayr wrote in response to the new CDC autism numbers Autism Is a National Epidemic That Needs a National Plan.

No clear news on why Bob Roithmayr is leaving. Or whether this is as sudden as it seems from the outside.

One Response to “Autism Speaks names new president”


  1. Was Mark Roithmayr pushed out of Autism Speaks over vaccines? | Left Brain Right Brain - March 1, 2013

    […] Last June Autism Speaks suddenly announced that their president, Mark Roithmayr, was leaving and being replaced by Liz Feld. (Mr. Roithmayr is now Chief Development Officer at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) There was little information about why Mr. Roithmayr left. The suddenness and the lack of information given out for the departure of an executive pointed to there being much more going on behind the scenes. Things going on which Autism Speaks would prefer did not become public. […]

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