ASAE Announces Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fund in Honor of John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE

February 27, 2020

WASHINGTON— In celebration of the life and legacy of John H. Graham IV, FASAE, ASAE’s Board of Directors has approved the creation of a diversity, equity, and inclusion fund established through the ASAE Research Foundation. This fund will remain partially restricted to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, which will allow resources from the fund to be allocated to any DEI program as needed, as guided by volunteers and determined by staff.

“John’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives throughout his career has made a lasting impact in the association community,” said ASAE Board Chair, Patricia V. Blake, FASAE, CAE, and CEO of the Heart Rhythm Society. “While we continue to mourn his passing, the establishment of this fund will ensure his passion for DEI will continue.”

ASAE’s Board of Directors has approved a cash distribution of $100,000 to commemorate John and ignite fundraising for the Fund. Additionally, the ASAE Board has approved a match of all gifts at a 1:1 ratio. ASAE members, associations, industry partners, and friends who choose to honor John in this way can expect 100% of these funds to support the various diversity, equity, and inclusion programs of ASAE.

“The decision of the ASAE Fellows and Past Chairs to establish this fund in John’s memory is a fitting tribute,” said Susan Robertson, CAE, Interim ASAE president and CEO. “His commitment to DEI will be reflected through the experiences of the next generation of association professionals who will benefit from the future programs this fund will help support.”

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MEDIA CONTACT: Lauren Precker, CAE,, 202-626-2735.

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