President & CEO
Christopher Banks is the current President and CEO of the Autism Society of America. Banks has a comprehensive background of serving the nonprofit community. He has worked in a wide variety of organizations including medical centers, community hospitals, assisted living communities, secondary and higher education institutions, national parks, human service organizations and religious communities. He has a successful record of significantly increasing fundraising support, measurably improving revenue strategies, and dramatically transforming culture, diversity and inclusion. Chris has been providing executive direction and leadership for the Autism Society since the beginning of 2020. At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, he pivoted the national organization to be a resource, service, and support enterprise for the affiliates, and individuals and families. Chris recently shepherded the organization and a team of more than 100 individuals through a strategic planning process that resulted in key initiatives to creating a new brand for the Society, national programs, establish a justice center and expand the breadth and scope of the Society. He is ensuring that the Society’s strategic efforts support its mission, vision and values. Chris is establishing long-lasting relationships with external partners, philanthropic organizations and elected officials to further policy efforts and fundraising activities of the Society. Chris has an MBA in Finance from Manhattan College, and his MS (Human Resources Administration) and BA degrees (Human Resources and Philosophy) from The University of Scranton. A native of Hazlet, NJ, Chris has spent the better part of the last 25 years in New York Metropolitan area, and has two adult children, Patrick and Quinn. He currently lives in Rockville, MD.