Magazine article American Jails

By Way of Introduction

Magazine article American Jails

By Way of Introduction

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It is a privilege to be writing my first column today as the American Jail Association's new Executive Director. I am honored at the appointment and delighted to be taking on the assignment to serve the AJA community.

Please allow me just a couple of paragraphs to tell you a little about myself. I am an association management professional with a background in organizational growth, sustainability, innovation, and visibility. I've worked in membership organizations with professionals in financial services, health sciences, supply chain management, media, and public safety.

As an association professional, I've led teams in strategic planning, in developing and retaining membership, in establishing and solidifying industry-wide advocacy, in creating innovative and responsive communications and educational programs, and in establishing and growing for-profit and not-for-profit companies and organizations.

I hold a bachelor's degree in journalism and communications and a master's degree in business administration. I am a firm believer in nonprofit organizations and the essential role they play in education, advocacy, and professional development. They are the backbone of America.

But, enough about me.

As an AJA member, you know our association has had a long and respected tradition of service in the jail community for more than 30 years. With its numerous programs, such as our certifications, our workshops, our publications and our training conference and expo, our organization has shown it is ready, willing, and able to meet the challenges head on with responsive products and services for jail professionals. …

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