Autism Speak elects Zumper Chief Marketing Officer Darren Goode to national board
May 5, 2021
PRINCETON – Autism Speaks, the nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting solutions across the spectrum and throughout the life span for people with autism and their families, announces the election of Darren Goode, chief marketing officer of Zumper, to the national board of directors, effective April 26, 2021.
“Darren has a proven track record of success in the business world but, first and foremost, he is a dedicated husband and dad with a personal connection and commitment to the autism community,” said Autism Speaks Board Chairman Brian Harper. “The board is thrilled to have Darren join us with his expertise as we continue to help guide the organization’s mission to drive understanding and acceptance, fund research breakthroughs and provide reliable resources that meet the diverse needs of those on the spectrum.”
"Having a young daughter with autism, I deeply appreciate the importance of the resources that this exceptional organization brings to our community,” said Mr. Goode. “It is my distinct honor and privilege to serve as a member of the board of Autism Speaks, helping to make a difference for all children and adults with autism and their families."
Mr. Goode is the chief marketing officer of Zumper, the third largest, fastest-growing rental platform in North America—supporting over 90 million people a year and helping one in three Americans find their next place. Appointed in July 2020, Mr. Goode oversees all aspects of marketing across brand, digital, PR & communications, advertising, creative, social media and market research.
Prior to that, Mr. Goode was the president, chief marketing and commercial officer of Elvie, a women's health technology companies. During his tenure, he launched the world's first silent wearable breast pump, created iconic advertising, and helped raise over $42M in venture capital funding. Mr. Goode also served as a Board Observer.
Over the past two decades, Mr. Goode has served in senior leadership marketing and general management roles with Apple, L'Oreal, Procter & Gamble, Sony Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures and Elvie. His industry experience spans consumer, technology, real estate, health and entertainment and he has worked in the United States, Canada, Latin America, UK, Europe and China.
In addition to serving on the Board of Autism Speaks, Mr. Goode is a member of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA). He and his wife, Jennifer Peters, are the proud parents of a child with autism.
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. We know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, and each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges. A combination of genetic and environmental factors influences the development of autism, and autism often is accompanied by medical issues such as GI disorders, seizures and sleep disturbances. Autism affects an estimated 1 in 54 children.
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Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. To find resources, join an event or make a donation, go to AutismSpeaks.org.