Jonah Zimiles Named ASF Board Treasurer

Zimiles takes over the role from Dr. Paul Offit, who served as treasurer since 2005

NEW YORK — August 26, 2022 — The Autism Science Foundation (ASF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding innovative autism research and supporting families facing autism, today announced that Board Member Jonah Zimiles has taken
over the role of Board Treasurer.

The announcement was made by Scott Badesch, Chairman of the ASF Board of Directors, and Alison Singer, Co-Founder and President of ASF. Zimiles assumes the role from founding ASF Board Member Dr. Paul Offit, who served as treasurer for 13 years. Dr. Offit remains a member of the ASF Board of Directors.

Zimiles, the father of an adult son with autism, joined the ASF board in February 2021. Following his graduation from Columbia Business School in 2008, Zimiles co-founded [words], a nationally recognized independent bookstore in Maplewood, N.J. that
employs adults with autism.

Before opening [words] with his wife, Ellen, Jonah spent a dozen years as a practicing attorney, then four years as national director of Planned Giving and Endowments at Jewish Federations of North America, followed by six years as a stay-at-home dad managing his son’s home program.

“ASF has a long track record of funding inventive autism research that improves lives,” said Zimiles. “I am honored to assume the ASF Board Treasurer role and do my part to support its critically important mission.”


About the Autism Science Foundation
The Autism Science Foundation (ASF) is a 501(c) (3) public charity. Its mission is to support autism research by providing funding to scientists and organizations conducting autism research. ASF also provides information about autism to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism. To learn more about the Autism Science Foundation or to make a donation, visit

Kathy Ehrich Dowd
Autism Science Foundation