ASAE Announces the 2020-2022 DELP Class

May 28, 2020

WASHINGTON- ASAE has selected 12 scholars for the 2020–2022 Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) class. DELP is a two-year program that supports individuals from under-represented identity groups to advance into the ranks of leadership in the association management profession. DELP scholars participate in an accelerated leadership program of education, mentoring, and volunteer service in the association community.

The 2020-2022 DELP class is coming together during a historic and challenging time for not only the association community but the world at large. Due to COVID-19,the annual DELP reunion was cancelled. However, ASAE is developing alternative plans to recognize and celebrate the new class of DELP scholars during the ASAE Virtual Annual Meeting & Exposition.

“Congratulations to the members of the 2020-2022 DELP Class. You are now a part of a legacy of talented association professionals who have used their unique sets of knowledge and experiences to make positive changes in the association community,” said ASAE President and CEO, Susan Robertson. “While the impact of COVID-19 has changed how we celebrate the new DELP class, it will not deter the future contributions of this distinguished class. And that is something I look forward to.

ASAE would also like to thank the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) for their ongoing support of the DELP program for twenty years. DMCVB’s support has resulted in developing more than 200 diverse and inclusive leaders throughout the association industry.

This year’s class includes:

Tiki Ayiku, MA
Assistant Vice President for Professional Development
NASPA–Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
Washington, DC

Ernest J. Barrens, CAE
Director, Chapter Relations -Northeast Region
American Inns of Court
Alexandria, VA

Anikia Brown, MS
Marketing and Communications Manager
National League for Nursing
Washington, DC

Andrew T. Dailey, MDiv., MS
Director, Minority Fellowship Program
American Psychological Association
Washington, DC

Matt J. Granato, LLM, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Washington, DC

Shameka Jennings, MTA, CMP
Director of Meetings and Partnership Development
National Coalition of STD Directors
Washington, DC

Liz Jones, CAE
Chief Revenue Officer
Online Lenders Alliance
Arlington, VA

Jakeeva Lee, CIPS, AHWD
Manager, External Affairs
Chicago Association of Realtors
Chicago, IL

Tia Perry
Director, Business Development and Partnerships
Associated Builders and Contractors
Washington, DC

Alexis Redmond, JD, MA, CAE
Director, Career Management Resources
American Speech-Hearing Language Association
Rockville, MD

Nate Wambold, CMP
Director, Meetings & Conferences
American Anthropological Association
Arlington, VA

Ben Yzaguirre, M.Ed.
Director of Faculty Development and e-Learning
American Dental Education Association
Washington, DC

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

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