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ASAE chooses Chicago leader of associations as next CEO

Mason has led Association Forum for seven years; launched ‘Welcoming Environment’ initiative to help associations be more inclusive


June 11, 2021
By Lori Sharn and Walt Williams 

Michelle Mason left ASAE 15 years ago for an opportunity to grow personally and professionally. Now she is returning to head up the nation’s largest association for associations. 

ASAE announced June 1 that it has hired Mason—CEO of Chicago-based Association Forum for the past seven years—as its next president and CEO, starting Sept. 1. The role is currently filled by Susan Robertson, who was named CEO for 18 months starting in March 2020 following the death of ASAE’s longtime leader, John Graham.