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Jill Escher2018-01-23T17:57:28-08:00

Jill Escher

Jill Escher Resume:

Jill Gilbert Escher

1590 Calaveras Avenue

San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 314-1655


University of California, Berkeley, 1992-1996: JD, Law, and MA, City and Regional Planning.

Stanford University, 1983-1987: BA, English.


Claradon Properties, LLC, San Jose, CA, 2007-current: Owns and manages multifamily investments including low-income housing for adults with developmental disabilities.

United States District Court, Northern District of California, San Jose, 1996-2004: Law clerk to federal district court judges and magistrate judges.

Apple Computer, Inc, 1988-1992: Employee communications writer and editor.


Escher Fund for Autism, 2007-current: Grants, education, and advocacy promoting understanding of gene-environment questions in autism. Collaborates with research institutions worldwide.

Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area, 2013-current: President of regional affiliate focusing on growing adult autism crisis.

Other volunteer work: Autism Fun Bay Area board member, Morgan Autism Center volunteer, leader of 20+ annual family events and hikes.

2.     Brief bio:

Jill is an autism philanthropist, real estate investor, former lawyer, and mother of two children with nonverbal autism. As president of Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area, she has led efforts to build a strong autism community, including advocacy, conferences, events, and a popular website. Through the Escher Fund for Autism, Jill has partnered with major research organizations to push the boundaries of autism causation research. She is also an active volunteer in the Bay Area’s autism community, including organizations such as Morgan Autism Center and Autism Fun Bay Area. Her science website is

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