The National Society of Professional Engineers is pleased to announce the selection of Monika Schulz, CAE, as the Society’s new executive director and chief executive officer effective February 15, 2021. Schulz has a long history in associations and a passion for the contributions they make to society, both of which align with NSPE’s future focus and direction.
“As we embark on the new year, we are starting a new chapter in NSPE’s history,” said NSPE president Tricia Hatley, P.E., F.NSPE. “It is thrilling to be in this place where NSPE’s volunteer leadership recognized the value that Monika’s expertise and authentic leadership style will bring to our organization. Her collaborative, yet-data-driven, approach to management will facilitate the successful execution of our strategic plan, and she’s demonstrated her ability to collaborate with state and local chapters to increase impact at her prior organizations.”
Before joining NSPE, Schulz served for over five years as the CEO of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) in Fairfax, Virginia. In this role, she collaborated with the organization’s board on strategic planning, implementing data-driven decision making, and carrying out a rebranding initiative. She also built stronger ties among the organization’s 50 state and local chapters, bolstered member engagement, and expanded a national conference and tradeshow as well as a national orchestra festival.
“I’m very excited to be joining the NSPE team,” said Schulz, “and I look forward to collaborating with leadership, state societies, and the NSPE management team to further NSPE’s vision, mission, and initiatives. Engineers make the world a better place in which to live, and I feel incredibly fortunate and proud to champion the important work of professional engineers.”
Prior to serving as ASTA’s CEO, Schulz spent 18 years at the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, in multiple leadership roles including six years as chief operating officer.
The Virginia Tech graduate is active in the American Society of Association Executives and holds the CAE designation as a certified association executive.