Jacqualine Price Osafo Named New Executive Director of the Society of American Archivists

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Jacqualine Price Osafo, MBA, CAE, vice president of membership for the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), has been selected as the new executive director of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), North America’s oldest and largest national archives professional association. Osafo, who will officially assume the post July 15, 2021, brings thirty years of association management experience at multiple individual membership and trade company organizations in key areas such as membership, education programs, products, budget, and staffing.

Osafo, a Certified Association Executive with a master of business administration in entrepreneurship and strategic innovation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a champion of diversity, equity, and inclusivity (DEI). She currently serves as chair of the Black Indigenous People of Color Advisory Task Force for Association Forum (an association management professional organization).

Osafo’s work experience reflects her commitment to DEI and strong membership growth. At AHIMA, which has a membership of 83,000 and a budget of $8.8 million, Osafo sits on a DEI committee focused on staff strategies. Among her notable accomplishments are developing strategies to support organizational transformation in collaboration with other executives, exceeding projected membership revenue by 13% in 2020, launching an online community engagement platform, and transforming the membership and certification experience.

“I’m driven by and love data information—one of the things that attracted me to SAA was the opportunity to work for information professionals!” said Osafo. “It’s an honor and privilege to have been selected to serve as SAA’s executive director. I look forward to fulfilling current strategies and future initiatives with SAA’s Council, Foundation Board, membership, and staff. Thank you, Nancy Beaumont, for your leadership and the invaluable impact you have made on the profession.”  

Osafo will succeed Beaumont, who is retiring this summer after eighteen years as SAA’s executive director.

About the Society of American Archivists

Founded in 1936, SAA’s mission is to serve the educational and informational needs of 5,800 individual and institutional members and to provide leadership to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of historical value. For more information, visit www.archivists.org.

Written by FORUM Magazine editors.

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