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Angela Geiger – President and CEO

Lisa Goring – Executive V.P. – Programs and Services

Gareth Thomas – Chief Operating Officer

Angela Geiger, President and CEO

Angela Timashenka Geiger joined Autism Speaks as president and CEO in February 2016. 

She brings to the role a record of accomplishment, leading efforts to expand and strengthen family services, field support, revenue development, strategic marketing, science and advocacy.

Most recently, Geiger was the chief strategy officer for the Alzheimer’s Association, a leading organization with global, national and local impact. As part of the senior management team, Geiger worked day-to-day across all divisions and with the chapters to coordinate and execute strategy and to accelerate organizational growth. She has had accountability for more than $280 million in annual fundraising, programs and services reaching three million people a year, as well as branding and marketing, corporate initiatives, diversity and inclusion. She successfully led efforts to develop and expand programming, marketing and fundraising to increase awareness and improve the lives of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Prior to her work with the Alzheimer’s Association, Geiger held a variety of leadership roles at the American Cancer Society. During her eight-year tenure, she developed and implemented a business-to-business sales and market strategy, expanding the mission’s reach and increasing revenue. She also worked with the American Lung Association of Western Pennsylvania and for higher-education institutions.

Geiger earned a B.A. and an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and has contributed to a variety of conferences and publications. She is based in New York City.

Lisa Goring, Executive V.P. – Programs and Services

Lisa joined Autism Speaks as the staff liaison for the Family Services Committee in June 2006. In May 2007, she was appointed director of family services, which became the fourth pillar of the organization’s mission that year.

Under Lisa’s leadership, Autism Speaks has provided resources and support to hundreds of thousands of families and individuals with autism across the country. These include a Resource Guide of over 80,000 local service providers, an Autism Response Team to answer phone calls and emails, and a variety of tool kits, including the 100 Day Kit for newly diagnosed families, a School Community Tool Kit to promote school inclusion, a Transition Tool Kit, an Employment Tool Kit to assist adults on the spectrum and many more. In addition, Lisa has implemented many grant programs over the years to expand services and supports for people with autism of all ages. In her role at Autism Speaks, Lisa has appeared on various media outlets including the Today Show, CNBC’s Squawk Box, Nightly News with Brian Williams, CBS News, CNN and more.

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 and has participated on many special education committees and presented at several autism conferences. She has also worked as a teaching assistant at Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism's Martin C. Barell School.

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.

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Gareth Thomas, Chief Operating Officer

Gareth Thomas, a senior executive with decades of successful leadership experience in business operations, has joined Autism Speaks as Chief Operating Officer. As Chief Operating Officer, Gareth will bring the quality and capability of our infrastructure, operations and practices in line with the success we have had in other areas of the organization. Gareth will focus on maximizing our resources so we can have the greatest impact on the lives of people with autism.

Gareth has more than 15 years of successful executive leadership delivering in various functions and roles in diversified industries from manufacturing to entertainment. Most recently Gareth held the position of Global CPO for Universal Music Group’s (UMG). Prior to that Gareth was a member of the Executive Committee for EMI Records with responsibility for Supply Chain and Procurement. Personally recruited to EMI by the COO of a private equity company to drive operational improvement, he successfully delivered both global and regional strategies to significantly reduce costs, improve cash flow and champion supplier innovation delivering sustainable competitive advantage. Gareth also led the business transformation program to move EMI from a physical focused business into a high margin global rights management enterprise by driving consumer focus and digital innovation. Prior to EMI Gareth held senior global roles in Procurement and M&A at Imperial Chemical Industries PLC (ICI), the UK’s largest manufacturing company.

Gareth is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Great Britain. He and his wife Deborah have lived in Pennsylvania for the last 20 years. They have three daughters.

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