Mrs. Melissa Diamond Founder and Executive Director of A Global Voice for Autism

Melissa Diamond is the Founder and Executive Director of A Global Voice for Autism. Passionate about issues related to disability, migration, trauma and community, Melissa is a tireless advocate for individuals with autism and trauma-related disorders. Melissa attended the University of Richmond as a Boatwright Scholar and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Disability in Conflict Regions. She received a Certificate of Social Entrepreneurship from Watson University in Boulder, Colorado, and is currently a Rotary Peace Fellow at the University of Bradford in England. Melissa's advocacy work and support of people living in conflict-affected communities has been recognized by organizations worldwide, including: United Nations, American Middle East Network for Dialogue at Stanford, SDSN Youth Solutions Report, Clinton Global Initiative University, Resolution Project, Global Entrepreneurship Community Summit-Malaysia, and more. In 2014 and 2017, she was invited to speak on expert panels at the United Nations headquarters in New York City to share best practices for supporting children with autism and their families in conflict-affected communities.