Committees

"NYSAE provides an excellent environment to learn new legislation impacting the association community, an opportunity to share information, and to hone leadership skills." Mary Jane Eimer, CAE, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

Board of Directors


The Board of Directors, led by the Chair and executive committee, are responsible for directing the organization, its finances and resources. All committees report up to a board liaison.

Synergy Awards Committee

Develops categories and criteria for awards to be presented by NYSAE. Actively seeks recommendations from members for the various awards and recommends awardees to the Board. Identifies qualified members and determines recipients for the Awards. (Meets 3-4 times per year.)

Education Committee 

The committee determines and supports the educational needs of members and potential members and provides outstanding educational content to address those needs. The committee is responsible for planning, organizing and implementing relevant, valuable and engaging educational programs for association and not-for-profit leaders, at all stages of their career - young professionals, mid-careerists and CEOs.

Exec Connect Committee

An exclusive support network of high-level peer leaders and decision makers from associations and not-for-profits around the NY metropolitan area. Exec Connect is for networking, fostering dialogue, discussion and debate around critical business issues, sharing high-level interests, practices, operations and trends. Exec Connect is a valuable platform and targeted program for all senior leaders. (Meets 2-3 times per year.)

Executive Women in Nonprofits

The Executive Women in Nonprofits Engagement Group provides an opportunity for women in leadership roles (CEOs, COOs, Executive Directors, Vice Presidents, and Board Members, etc.) to engage in interactive high-level discussions with like-minded peers. EWIN’s goal is to build relationships, test new ideas, receive feedback, and inspire one another. This “special interest group” produces events every other month, typically on a Friday morning. Although there is a regular based of attendees, currently this engagement group does not recruit volunteers to help with topics, speakers and contents. It is produced by one individual, a Chair.

Meet NY Committee

Advises and counsels the NYSAE Board of Directors and staff on plans for the annual Meet NY. Reviews and makes recommendations on all arrangements, including program, promotion, message, and theme. Develops recommendations and procedure directed toward member participation improving exhibit segment of program and assists in selling exhibits space.

Membership Engagement Committee

Steadily increases the membership of NYSAE with an emphasis on expanding participation of association executives, managers and CEOs and staff in not-for-profit organizations. Attracts and retains a membership with emphasis on diversity and inclusion. Assures that all members feel welcome. (Meets 4-6 times per year.)

Next Gen Committee

Create a strong community for young professionals and emerging leaders in the New York tri-state area. The committee will create programming and opportunities for professional development, career growth and networking for members of the entire association community, both association professionals and supplier or solutions partners.

Public Affairs Committee

Under the direction and with approval of the Board, the Public Affairs Committee identifies and communicates policy issues of importance to NYSAE members and their organizations to engage them in advocacy. Individual members of the Public Affairs Committee may be asked to cultivate and maintain relationships to ensure prominent leadership in decisions that affect our profession. Committee Members may also be asked to contribute to development efforts in the New York metro area to continue to make it a viable place for organizations to do business. (Meets 2-3 times per year)

Racial and Social Justice Task Force

The committee is tasked with positioning NYSAE as a DEI resource for its members by collecting and posting on its website DEI materials from member organizations, including documents and tools related to governance, professional development, policies and action plans. The committee will implement DEI best practices into all of NYSAE’s programs and initiatives, and is responsible for ensuring that NYSAE’s brand is reflective of the diverse association and non-profit community. The task force will meet 4-8 times per year.

Technology Committee

NYSAE’s Technology Committee helps members develop and expand their knowledge of available or emerging productivity tools and services related to association management, including information systems, communication and cyber technologies, office automation, other management tools. Provides members with general guidance for both specific tools and overall systems and related methodologies. The Committee provides NYSAE members with general guidance – via education programs – that help to optimize organizational process, people and technology. The committee’s viewpoint on technology is focused on empowering other operational groups within an organization – such as finance, marketing, meeting planning, publishing, etc. – to better meet their objectives.