Gerald (Jerry) Buckwalter, Chairman of the Board

Jerry has an adult son, Jesse, who is on the autistic spectrum. The life-long challenge to find his son’s place in society inspired Jerry and his wife to co-found ASPIE as a way to help adults with disabilities become more independent and self-sufficient. An engineer by training who started his career in the U.S. Army, Jerry spent the rest of his career in various leadership positions, mostly in strategic planning for engineering and technology entities.

He was the Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the American Society of Engineers. Prior to that, Jerry was a Northrop Grumman Corporate Director of Strategy. He was a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council reporting to the White House for Presidents George W. Bush and Barrack Obama and an Engineering News-Record Top 25 Newsmaker in 2019. He is currently the Atlas International Director of Innovation, a Partner in the ARES Institute, and a Board member of the Center for Public Policy Innovation. Jerry also has his own consulting firm, Strategy Essentials.