Benjamin Kaufman, MSW

Senior Manager, MCH Technical Assistance | MCH TA Team
Phone: 240-821-9461

Benjamin Kaufman, MSW

Ben Kaufman is a Senior Manager who oversees AUCD's cooperative agreement with the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau to provide comprehensive support to the national network of 52 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) and 12 Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) training programs. He is responsible for the design and delivery of individualized, targeted, and universal technical assistance to ensure that curricula are relevant to current and projected workforce needs across disciplines. This involves working with programs to align their clinical, research, and policy and systems change activities with the Maternal and Child Health Leadership Competencies and AUCD Strategic Map; promoting best practices; leading collaborative efforts to develop shared products; planning and hosting meetings; developing strategic relationships with other organizations; establishing new venues for LENDs and DBPs to offer their expertise; and providing national leadership development opportunities for current and former trainees, including people with disabilities and family members.

Ben joined the AUCD staff after more than two years at the Organization for Autism Research, where he was the Director of Programs and Community Outreach. There, he created resources and managed initiatives aimed at increasing access to practical, evidence-based information among parents, educators, clinical professionals, and other members of the autism community. Ben previously worked as a policy advocate with the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland's education reform project. He earned an MSW in management and community organizing from the University of Maryland School of Social Work, where he received the Julee Kryder-Coe Award for outstanding achievement in advocacy and social action. He holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Michigan and has a younger brother with developmental disabilities.

Areas of Interest:


  • Autism
  • Family Support
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Employment