Francesca Dea, CAE

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Ms. Dea has worked since 2007 as principal and independent consultant at Gordian Solutions, LLC, supporting nonprofits and small businesses. Prior to this, she served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), an established membership association with 70,000 members and at the Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education (LIFE) supported by more than 120 of the leading insurance companies. In these roles, Ms. Dea was responsible for coordinating a highly complex organization with 750 local associations, two non-profit subsidiaries and one for-profit subsidiary while working with an extensive volunteer leadership, an annual budget of $14 million and 75 staff. Before this, she also worked in media relations/communications and marketing positions at the Cellular Telecommunications Internet Association (CTIA), BellSouth MobileComm, and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).

Ms. Dea holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Dickinson College, an MBA in Management and Marketing from Johns Hopkins University and is also a Certified Association Executive (CAE) conferred by the American Society of Association Executives.

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