IT Director Adams earns top Association certification



IT director also named to national Diversity Executive Leadership Program

LISLE, Ill. (June 29, 2022)  – WQA Information Technology Director Jonathan Adams has earned a Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives, the highest professional credential in the association industry. ASAE also recently announced Adams was among 12 scholars in its 2022-2024 Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP).

“Jonathan’s accomplishments are remarkable, and we’re so pleased to celebrate with him” said WQA Executive Director Pauli Undesser, MWS, CAE. “The increased skills and expertise he developed and will develop through the CAE program and DELP not only provides individual benefits but offers increased opportunities for knowledge sharing and elevating innovation to benefit our members and his WQA teammates, as well.”

Adams came to WQA in 2015 to lead the IT department and was named the association’s first IT Director in 2020.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from Eastern Illinois University and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to overseeing the streamlined operation of WQA’s IT department, he is tasked with ensuring the department’s alignment with the association’s business objectives.

ASAE announced recently that Adams was one of 12 scholars from across the country named to DELP, which supports people from under-represented groups to advance into the ranks of association management leadership.  DELP is an accelerated leadership program of education, mentoring and volunteer service.

At the same time, Adams received word that he had passed his stringent CAE exam. Before taking the exam, CAE applicants must have experience with non-profit management, complete a minimum of 100 hours of specialized professional development, and pledge to uphold the ASAE code of ethics. To maintain the certification, individuals must undertake ongoing professional development and activities in association and nonprofit management. The CAE program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

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ASAE is a membership organization of more than 48,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations. Since it was established 100 years ago, its mentions 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 premiere source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the nonprofit profession.