Leadership and Governance

Learn more about AILA National's leadership and goverance structure and meet the 2023–24 Executive Committee and Board of Governors.

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Executive Committee

AILA Executive Committee Members
AILA National Officers are elected by the membership at the AILA Annual Meeting every June and serve for a term of one year. The National Officers together with AILA's Executive Director comprise the Executive Committee, which is responsible for guiding the ongoing activities of the association between meetings of the Board of Governors.

2023–24 Executive Committee

  • Farshad Owji, San Francisco, CA, President 
  • Kelli Stump, Oklahoma City, OK, President-Elect 
  • Jeff Joseph, Aurora, CO, First Vice President 
  • Alexis S. Axelrad, New York, NY, Second Vice President 
  • Jacqueline Watson, Austin, TX, Treasurer 
  • Rekha Sharma-Crawford, Kansas City, MO, Secretary 
  • Benjamin Johnson, Washington, D.C., Executive Director, ex officio 

Advisor to the 2023–24 Executive Committee

  • Jeremy L. McKinney, Greensboro, NC, Immediate Past President 

Board of Governors

The AILA Board of Governors is comprised of 4 segments: the elected National Officers, 21 elected at-large Directors who serve staggered 3-year terms, the Chairs of AILA's 39 chapters, a representative of the New Members Division appointed by the President, and Past Presidents who are active and meet the attendance requirements. Other Past Presidents become members of the Board Emeritus. 

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