ASAE installs AIA EVP/Chief Executive Officer Lakisha Ann Woods as Board Chair

WASHINGTON – August 24, 2022 – Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE, AIA EVP/Chief Executive Officer, has been installed as Chair of the Board of Directors for The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

“I’m honored to serve as Board Chair in this pivotal moment in ASAE’s evolution,” said AIA EVP/Chief Executive Officer Lakisha Ann Woods, CAE. “Working with ASAE’s dynamic president and CEO, Michelle Mason, and a very committed, talented group of leaders on the ASAE Board, we will continue to advance ASAE’s strategic framework in support of this amazing, diverse community of association leaders. ASAE’s future is bright and the opportunities for further creative, agile leadership are limitless.”

“Lakisha is a leader among leaders.  She will be an exemplary Board Chair of ASAE. Her infectious passion and insistence on mission discipline will serve her well,” said 2022 President of The American Institute of Architects Dan Hart, FAIA. “The AIA is thrilled to share her gifts and to support her in this pursuit. We are lucky to have a leader as engaged and committed to our profession as Lakisha.”

New officers and directors for the ASAE and ASAE Research Foundation Boards of Directors were officially installed during ASAE’s 2022 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Nashville, with terms beginning September 1, 2022. The ASAE and ASAE Research Foundation Boards were selected by ASAE’s Leadership Committee in July.

The Leadership Committee develops a pool of candidates for board service based on several criteria, including how they best characterize ASAE’s strategy, represent their organizations’ membership and enhance ASAE’s commitment to diverse representation, which is inclusive of geography, association size, career level, gender, identity, ethnicity, skill sets and areas of expertise.

View ASAE’s full press announcement.

About AIA

Founded in 1857, AIA consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through more than 200 international, state and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing.

AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation, and world. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards.

About ASAE

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 45,000 association executives and industry partners. Since it was established 100 years ago, its members have and continue to lead, manage, and work in or partner with organizations in more than a dozen association management disciplines, from executive management to finance to technology. With the support of the ASAE Research Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge, and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession and provides resources, education, ideas, and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. Visit ASAE at


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