ASAE Launching Association Governance Institute as a Comprehensive Resource on Governance for Associations – Paul Pomerantz, FACHE, FASAE, to Serve as Managing Director

February 13, 2024

WASHINGTON— This summer, ASAE will launch the Association Governance Institute (AGI), a new initiative dedicated to promoting excellence in governance practices for associations.

Through education, research and collaboration, AGI is designed to empower board members, CEOs and their staff to navigate the complexities of governance effectively. ASAE is launching AGI with the assistance of Paul Pomerantz, FACHE, FASAE, who recently retired as chief executive officer of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). Pomerantz will serve as Managing Director of AGI.

“Good governance is critical to ensuring associations achieve their mission-related goals and maintain transparency and trust with their stakeholders,” said ASAE President and CEO Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE. “AGI is designed to help associations apply best practices and modern approaches to governance to underpin their success. AGI has a skilled and experienced managing director in Paul Pomerantz who is well versed on what it takes to establish effective governance in the association space.”

Pomerantz served as CEO of ASA for nearly 11 years and modernized the society by implementing best practices in association management. Prior to ASA, Pomerantz served as CEO of the Drug Information Association, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Society of Interventional Radiology and Clinical Laboratory Management Association. Pomerantz has also been active as a volunteer leader and is the immediate past chair of Association Forum and a past chair of the ASAE Research Foundation. He also served on the board of ASAE Business Services, Inc., and was chair of the ASAE Power of Associations Committee. In 2016, Pomerantz received ASAE’s Key Award, presented to CEOs who demonstrate exceptional qualities of leadership and a deep commitment to voluntary membership organizations.

“I am honored to serve as Managing Director for the Association Governance Institute,” Pomerantz said. “Good strategy and execution starts with effective governance culture, structure, and process. ASAE has long led in this space. The AGI will serve as the comprehensive resource for governance education, resources, best practices and research.”

Pomerantz joins Mark Graham, ASAE Business Services Vice President, who is bringing comprehensive research, content, data, and tools to AGI, including board assessments, CEO assessments and executive compensation consulting. For more information about the Association Governance Institute, contact Graham at


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