No matter your career level or area of experience, there is a committee for everyone within NYSAE. Volunteering to serve NYSAE through committee membership is a rewarding experience that allows you to make connections, learn more about the association community, and help direct the future growth of NYSAE. NYSAE relies on enthusiastic, talented members to do the necessary work that keeps the organization running. 




Membership Engagement Committee

If you’re passionate about NYSAE and are excited to introduce people to the organization, then the Membership Engagement Committee would be a great fit for you! Committee members are responsible for helping to recruit new members, retain members, and act as ambassadors who help new and potential members find their place at NYSAE.


Education Committee

This committee develops and produces relevant programming targeted to our three (3) main audiences, c-suite/senior executive level, mid-career/directors and managers, and emerging leaders/young professionals. NYSAE’s programs and special events are designed to educate, empower, and connect association executives at all stages of their professional development.


If you would like to join a committee or have any questions, please email Holly Koenig at


"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.

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee develops categories and criteria for the Synergy Awards, presented annually in April. The committee actively identifies qualified applicants and seeks nominations for all awards. The Awards Committee evaluates all nominees and makes honoree recommendations to the NYSAE Board of Directors.  (Meets 3-4 times per year.)

CEO 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. CEO Connect is for networking, fostering dialogue, discussion and debate around critical business issues, sharing high-level interests, practices, operations and trends. The forum meets 2-3 times a year, CEO Connect is a valuable platform and targeted program for all senior leaders.

Education Committee 

Determines the educational needs of members and potential members and provides opportunities to address those needs. The committee, which includes the chairpersons of the Professional Development, Technology and CAE Career Enrichment Committees, is responsible for determining the vision for educational efforts, providing oversight of allied committees in program design and implementation and identifying and addressing any shortcomings in educational efforts. (Meets 6-8 times per year)

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 procedures directed toward member participation improving exhibit segment of program and assists in selling exhibit space. Works closely with the Vice President of Meetings & Conferences and Staff on all aspects. (Meets 4 times per year.)

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.)

Public Affairs Committee

Under the direction and with approval of the Board this committee will identify issues of importance to NYSAE members and their organizations and involve them in advocacy issues. In addition, individual members of the committee may be asked to help develop and maintain relationships necessary to be an influential leader in decisions that impact our profession. Committee Members may also be asked to contribute to the development of the New York Metropolitan area in order to make it a viable place for organizations to do business. (Meets 2-3 times per year.)

Technology Committee

Helps members develop and expand their knowledge of available or emerging productivity tools and services related to: (1) management information systems; (2) communication technologies; and (3) office automation. Provides members with general guidance for both specific tools and overall systems and related methodologies. (Meets 3-4 times per year.)