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ARTBA Senior Vice President Allison Klein earns Certified Association Executive designation

WASHINGTON, DC — ARTBA Senior Vice President of Strategic Engagement Allison Klein has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAETM) credential issued by American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). The CAE is the highest professional designation in the association industry.

To obtain the CAE, an applicant must have at least five years of experience with nonprofit association management, complete a minimum of 100 hours of specialized professional development, pass a stringent, four-hour, 200-question examination in association management and pledge to uphold ASAE’s code of ethics. To maintain the certification, individuals must undertake ongoing professional development and activities in association and nonprofit management.  Only 5 percent of association executives are currently CAEs.

Klein, who joined ARTBA in 2008, leads the development and execution of programs and services, products and meetings aimed at providing value to ARTBA members. She also spearheads membership recruitment and retention activities. Her additional roles include managing the association’s Planning & Design and Materials & Services Divisions, the Industry Leader Development Council, the Women Leaders Council, the Dr. J. Don Brock TransOvation™ workshop and the regional leadership teams.

Earlier in her career, Klein was a Granite Construction in-house attorney/contracts analyst. She earned her B.A. in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2001.  She also has a J.D. with Distinction from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  Klein is a member of the California Bar.


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