Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Autistic People of Color Fund
Finn Gardiner is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Autistic People of Color Fund. He is a Boston-based queer, Black, and disabled writer, designer, community organizer, speaker, editor, researcher, advocate, activist, and artist. Finn has a Master of Public Policy degree from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Tufts University. He’s spoken at the White House’s 2016 LGBTQ Disability Day, the United Nations’ World Autism Day event in 2019, and other venues.
Finn has an extensive background in policy advocacy and communications—before joining the Fund, he worked as a communications specialist for the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, and before that, he was a policy fellow at the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. Finn’s professional interests include inclusive education, competitive and integrated employment, accessible technology, cognitive accessibility, housing justice, and community living—though that’s only a small sampling. He’s especially proud of his ability to tackle thorny matters of policy and make them easier to understand.