Board of Directors

Maryam Guirao

Executive Director

Maryam Guirao is the Executive Director for the Autism Partnership Foundation.  In this role, Maryam manages all aspects of the organization’s management, fundraising, marketing, finance, program and organizational development.  Reporting to the Board of Directors, Maryam is a Certified Grant Writer who also coordinates the foundation’s Summer Gala, Annual APF Conference, and 5k/1k Walk.

Maryam’s nonprofit experience started with the American Cancer Society as the Relay for Life Community Manager.  She then transferred to the American Heart Association where she served as the Director of Business Development and as a Certified CPR and First Aid Instructor.  Maryam has over 12 years of volunteer management and experience with coordinating large scale fundraising events. Her passions include traveling with her husband and daughter, volunteering in the community, visiting Disneyland, and baking.

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Haleh Tavakol

Chief of Strategy & Advocacy

Haleh Tavakol joined APF as Chief of Strategy & Advocacy in March 2019. With extensive experience in the nonprofit industry, Haleh most recently served as Associate Director of Advancement at Hackley School in New York. During her fourteen years at Hackley, Haleh worked on capital campaigns, consistently met giving goals, founded affinity groups, launched successful social media and networking platforms for alumni, and oversaw parent and alumni relations, annual fund, special events, and alumni publications. She also served as Harassment Officer and as a member of the Head of School’s Transition and Strategic Marketing committees. Known for building meaningful and lasting connections, Haleh considers relationships at the core of her being.

Prior to Hackley, Haleh spent eight years in Boulder, Colorado, where she served on nonprofit boards, including the Family Learning Center. She also worked at Global Education Fund, and earlier in her career, as an attorney in Manhattan.

Haleh received her Bachelor of Arts in French Language & Literature and Political Science from Colgate University and her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University. A writer, avid gardener, and cook, Haleh lives in Sleepy Hollow, New York with her daughters.

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Julie Stiglich


Julie Stiglich is a Project Manager for Autism Partnership Foundation. In this role, Julie assists the foundation in attaining their goals by coordinating special projects and ensuring activities run smoothly. Previously, she worked in the Developmental Disabilities Division of Straight Talk, Inc. and held various administrative and operations responsibilities at Autism Partnership, Inc.  Julie has over 25 years of professional experience assessing, improving, and implementing operational processes.   She has a history of volunteering for various charitable organizations within her community. Julie lives in Indianapolis with her husband and has two grown children.

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