ASAE Names Heather Dean as Chief Finance and Administrative Officer

October 25, 2023

WASHINGTON— Heather Dean, CPA, CAE, is joining ASAE as chief finance and administrative officer (CFAO), effective November 6, ASAE President and CEO Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE, announced today.

Dean joins ASAE with more than 25 years of professional experience in all facets of nonprofit finance and operations, including financial planning and analysis; internal controls; business process re-engineering and optimization; risk management; policy development; and governance.

Most recently, Dean served as managing director at Cordia Partners, now a Cherry Bekaert company, where she worked directly with association and nonprofit CEOs to develop high-level financial strategies and performed organizational assessments to identify where efficiencies could be found to build capacity by optimizing people, process and technology. Prior to joining Cordia Partners, Dean held executive roles in a number of nonprofit organizations, including deputy executive director and chief operations officer at the National School Boards Association and deputy executive director, programs and operations, at National PTA. Dean has also held various roles in public accounting firms doing financial planning and analysis, compliance and audit work.

“ASAE is excited to welcome Heather Dean to the exceptional ASAE staff team, where she will perform the critical role of ensuring ASAE’s continued fiscal integrity and modeling transparency and accountability for the organization and the broader association community,” said ASAE President and CEO Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE. “As ASAE continues its strategic journey toward Destination 2026, Heather will work closely with the ASAE Executive Team and our Board of Directors to help ASAE execute financial strategies that align with the organization’s strategic objectives.”

“I am thrilled to be returning to work in the association/nonprofit community to work for an organization that I have admired for years,” Dean said. “I am looking forward to helping the team maneuver the pivot to Destination 2026 and the change and growth that will come with it. I couldn't be more thrilled to work with the amazing folks at ASAE.”


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ASAE is a membership organization of more than 47,000 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