In July 2005 Mark Roithmayr became Autism Speaks' first full-time president. In his first two years he helped merge three organizations; Autism Coalition for Research and Education, National Alliance for Autism Research and Cure Autism Now into Autism Speaks. Today Autism Speaks is North America’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, raising $60 million annually to fund programs in research, awareness, advocacy and family services. Among the top accomplishments in his tenure include committing over $170 million to scientific research and the growth of the Walk program to over 90 Walks throughout North America with nearly 400,000 participants, passing autism insurance reform in 30 states, along with increasing autism awareness by 45 percent in the general public. Prior to Autism Speaks, Mark worked for 20 years at the March of Dimes Birth Defect Foundation where he last served as Sr. Vice President for Revenue Development helping that foundation raise over $220 million.