Mrs. Autumn R. Strier is President and Co-Founder of Miracles for Kids, an Orange County, California, based non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children stricken with life-threatening illnesses. Mrs. Strier brings to the organization over sixteen years experience in the public sector, having held relevant positions in the non-profit, governmental and private arenas.
Before joining Miracles for Kids, Mrs. Strier served as Statewide Public Policy Manager for the New Jersey chapters of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, where she worked for three years directing statewide public policy affairs for the organization and lobbying on behalf of people with disabilities in Washington DC. Prior to this position, Mrs. Strier spent four years at Morgan Stanley in New York, NY, assisting state, county and city governments, authorities, and non-profit organizations to structure and finance public sector projects in the municipal bond market. While in New York, she also spent two and a half years working for the Giuliani Administration, assisting in the oversight of high profile projects for the Deputy Mayor for Operations. In the early years of her professional career, Mrs. Strier helped co-found an internationally-affiliated training and resource center for non-profit management in Santa Barbara County and served as assistant to the Finance Director and City Manager for the City of Carpinteria, California.
Mrs. Strier earned her degree of Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science and a minor in International Relations from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She earned her degree of Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management, with honors, from New York University's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. Mrs. Strier was named one of Orange County's “Top 40 Business Leaders Under 40” by OC Metro magazine in 2009, and an Orange County Business Journal “Women in Business” Honoree in 2010.
Mrs. Strier has worked as a staff member or volunteer within the non-profit sector for most of her life, gaining knowledge and insight from organizations serving populations such as the homeless, elderly, battered women, families in transition, and those with incurable diseases, among others. Her experiences with these organizations and the individuals they serve have shaped her deep passion for helping others and are the reason she has chosen to dedicate her life to this field.
Mrs. Strier resides in South Orange County with her husband and three children.