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President - Daniel G. Smith, Ph.D.

Dr. Smith holds a dual role as the president of DELSIA and senior director of discovery research at Autism Speaks. He oversees DELSIA’s strategy and operations and a research portfolio focused on diagnostics, biomarkers and therapeutic interventions for autism. Daniel joined Autism Speaks in 2012 after leading discovery research laboratories in the pharmaceutical sector, most recently as senior principal scientist and laboratory head in the Neuroscience Research Unit at Pfizer.

Treasurer - Edwin C. Clayton, Ph.D.

Dr. Clayton holds a dual role as DELSIA’s treasurer and Autism Speaks’ senior director of strategic funding and grants administration. As part of his Autism Speaks duties, Dr. Clayton oversees the grants program and review process as well as the pre- and post-doctoral fellowship portfolios. Before joining Autism Speaks, Dr. Clayton was a Scientific Review Officer at the National Institutes of Health. Prior to NIH, Dr. Clayton conducted cognitive neuroscience research at the University of Pennsylvania.

Board of Managers

Chairman of the Board of Managers- Robert H. Ring, Ph.D.

Dr. Ring holds a dual role as DELSIA’s chairman of the board of managers and Autism Speaks’ chief science officer, providing overall leadership for Autism Speaks science programs and initiatives. Prior to joining Autism Speaks in 2011, Dr. Ring served as senior director and head of the Autism Research Unit at Pfizer Worldwide Research and Development, in Groton, Conn. Prior to Pfizer, Dr. Ring gained a decade experience in psychiatric drug discovery and development at Wyeth Research, in Princeton, N.J. Dr. Ring holds adjunct faculty appointments in psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and in pharmacology and physiology at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Curtis Arledge

Curtis Arledge is vice chairman of BNY Mellon and chief executive officer of BNY Mellon Asset Management. Additionally, Curtis is responsible for BNY Mellon Wealth Management, and is a member of BNY Mellon's Executive Committee, which is the senior-most governing body of the corporation. Prior to joining BNY Mellon in November 2010, Curtis was the chief investment officer for fundamental fixed income portfolios at BlackRock, Inc. He joined BlackRock from Wachovia Corporation, where he was the global head of the fixed income division within the bank's corporate and investment banking group. He spent 12 years of his career at Wachovia, and had oversight for various business lines in the U.S., Europe and Asia, including leveraged finance, investment grade, global rates, structured products, corporate loan and commercial real estate portfolios, and financial institutions investment banking. He and his wife, Diane, have a son on the autism spectrum. Mr. Aledge is also a member of the Autism Speaks Board of Directors.

Cuong Do

Cuong Do retired as Merck's Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer to devote most of his time to addressing the challenges of autism Do is working with his wife to develop new approaches to help teenagers with ASD transitioning to adulthood identify abilities, skills and interests so that meaningful post-secondary educational and vocational plans can be pursued. Cuong Do holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and a Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He currently or previously served on the boards of Celebrate the Children, Caring for Cambodia; the National Youth Science Foundation, the Tuck School at Dartmouth MBA Advisory Board, and WuXi AppTec (a leading pharmaceutical R&D outsourcing company). Mr. Do is also a member of the Autism Speaks Board of Directors.

Liz Feld

Liz Feld is the President of Autism Speaks. Liz brings decades of experience in management, strategic communications, and policy expertise in both the public and private sectors. She has worked as the director of news information at ABC News and senior vice president of communications for Nickelodeon as well as the mayor of the Village of Larchmont, NY. Liz also served in the Reagan White House; first as a public affairs specialist at the Office of Management and Budget, and then as a press officer for then Vice President George H. W. Bush. She holds a B.A. degree in Government and Political Theory from Georgetown University. 

Lisa Goring

Lisa Goring is the Executive Vice President for Programs and Services at Autism Speaks. Under Lisa’s leadership, Family Services became the fourth pillar of Autism Speaks’.  Lisa's prior work experience includes a 19 year career at Saks Fifth Avenue where she was Vice President, Divisional Merchandise Manager. In addition, she is a past president of her local School Community Association, has participated on many special education committees, is a frequent parent member of the committee on special education in her school district, and has presented at several autism conferences. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Boston University. She lives in Manhasset, New York with her husband Paul and two children, one of whom has autism. 

John Gruber

John Gruber is the Executive Vice President, Finance & Administration for Autism Speaks. In this role, John is responsible for all Autism Speaks’ and affiliate organizations’ financial matters, including direct fiscal functions, financial reporting and overseeing all compliance with governmental contracts and grants.  John has over 30 years’ experience in finance and accounting, strategic planning, human resources, information technology, and facilities management, including his previous position as Chief Operating and Financial Officer for Wenner Media LLC. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Adrian M. Jones

Mr. Jones is a managing director at Goldman Sachs, in New York, in the company's principal investment area. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1994 as an associate of the Investment Banking Division. He also served in the company's communications and media department on mobility assignments in equity capital markets and in the executive office of Goldman Sachs International, in London. Mr. Jones grew up in Ireland and served as a lieutenant in the Irish Army. In 1987 and 1988, he served in the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Southern Lebanon. Mr. Jones is a 1986 graduate of University College in Galway and earned his MBA from Harvard in 1994. He is the father of a child with autism. Mr. Jones is also a member of the Autism Speaks Board of Directors.

David M. Wittels

David Wittels is a Partner and Head of Private Equity for Scopia Capital, a hedge fund based in New York. His primary areas of focus are growth equity and buyout investments across a variety of industries. David is a Director of Pacific Child and Family Associates and PM Pediatrics Group. Previously he has served as a board member and board chair at a significant number of public and private companies. He holds a B.S., summa cum laude, from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Wittels is also a member of the Autism Speaks Board of Directors.