Commonwealth Autism Names New CEO

The Board of Directors of Commonwealth Autism is proud to announce that Jessica Gainous Philips, MA, BCBA, LBA, has been named the new President and CEO of Commonwealth Autism effective July 1, 2018. She will succeed John A. Toscano, MSW, MBA who recently announced his retirement, having served for 17 years.

Jessica will be the 3rd CEO in the 23-year history of the organization, which was founded in 1995. She has been with the organization since 2003 and has held various leadership positions during her tenure, most recently serving as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, where she supported her teams around mission impact and financial sustainability objectives.

"For the past 15 years I've had the opportunity to be part on organization that makes services better for people with developmental disabilities and autism. Along the way I've learned important lessons about fostering Systems Change through capacity building efforts and I've been fortunate to work alongside of mentors, colleagues and community partners who are willing to challenge the status quo. I'm passionate about the mission of Commonwealth Autism and am honored to serve in this new role."

17th Annual Conference: Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for our 17th Annual Conference:
Raising Expectations

We are excited to offer a conference with engaging speakers and a variety of topics that cross the lifespan. 

John Toscano, President & CEO, Announces Retirement

After more than 16 years of service to Commonwealth Autism (CA), John Toscano, President & CEO announces his retirement effective June 30, 2018.

His career in autism began in 1981 in New York and has now spanned 37 years.  John began his tenure with the organization in January 2002 after working in the UK and Malaysia, where he helped to develop and improve services.

"I have always searched for ways to positively impact the service system through solutions that address core issues, not just symptoms."  When he joined CA, the organization had 7 staff and a $.5M budget. Today, with an annual budget of $5M, it employs more than 75 staff who provide diagnostics & assessment, educational, behavioral health and residential services, assistance to those in need of information & resources, and training for service providers across the Commonwealth. 

Mission Statement

Commonwealth Autism's mission is to build the capacity of the autism and developmental disability service provider network through leadership, innovation, example, and collaboration. 

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