By John Schneidawind, vice president of public affairs, ARTBA

ARTBA Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black, Ph.D. (above) has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE™) credential from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry.

To obtain the credential, an applicant must have experience with nonprofit association management, complete a minimum of 100 hours of specialized professional development, pass a stringent examination in association management, and pledge to uphold a code of ethics. To maintain the certification, individuals must undertake ongoing professional development and activities in association and nonprofit management.

More than 4,400 association professionals currently hold the CAE credential, including three of Dr. Black’s ARTBA colleagues. The CAE program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

Dr. Black joined ARTBA in August 2000. In addition to serving as senior vice president and chief economist, she is also deputy managing director of ARTBA’s Contractors Division and manages the Transportation Investment Advocacy Center program. She is executive director of the Council of University Transportation Centers and manages ARTBA’s Research and Education Division.

In managing ARTBA’s economics staff, Dr. Black is responsible for over 100 studies examining national and state transportation funding and investment patterns, including the association’s landmark economic profile of the transportation construction industry, state bridge condition profiles and annual modal forecast.