Matt Asner Becomes Vice President of Development For Autism Society of America

special needs Matt AsnerMatt Asner will join The Autism Society as National Vice President of Development, Autism Society President and CEO Scott Badesch announced Aug. 23.

“We are thrilled to have Matt as part of the Autism Society family. His passion, energy and wonderful commitment to helping give all diagnosed with autism the maximum opportunities to reach their highest quality of life, along with an amazing track record of success in all he has done, made him the ideal candidate selected for this important position,” says Badesch. “Matt is a team player who will help lead our organization to the next level we seek in helping all impacted by autism.”

In this position, Asner will be based in Southern California and be responsible for oversight and direction of all fundraising efforts including corporate national campaigns and other ongoing fundraising efforts on local levels. Asner will immediately become a member of the organization’s senior management team, responsible for the implementation of the Autism Society’s recently approved Life Span Strategic Plan as well as assisting local and state Autism Society affiliates in strategizing and increasing their fundraising efforts.

Asner comes to the Autism Society after a six-year tenure with Autism Speaks, serving first as the Executive Director of its Southern California operations, and recently as Director of Corporate Development. Prior to his work with Autism Speaks, he was a successful producer of film and television. The son of actor and autism activist Ed Asner, Matt is the proud father of six children, three on the autism spectrum.

“I am so proud of my last five years at Autism Speaks,” says Asner. “We did some incredible things together. I truly look forward to working with Scott and my new team at Autism Society to support and bring to full light the groundbreaking work they are doing in the autism community.”

Founded in 1965, the Autism Society is a grassroots autism organization, and exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the autism spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education and research. Learn more at

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