Erik Johnston, VACo Director of Government Affairs, has recently earned his designation as a Certified Association Executive (CAE). To earn the CAE credential, an applicant must have obtained a minimum number of years of experience in nonprofit management, complete multiple hours of specialized professional development, pass a stringent examination in association management, which tests fundamental knowledge of all areas of the association management profession and pledge to uphold a code of ethics.
The CAE credential is widely recognized as an indication of demonstrated skill in leadership, activity in community affairs and expertise in association management. Less than 5 percent of all association professionals have achieved this distinction. The certification is sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives, the leading authority in association management and the professional society for those who work in the association industry.
Johnston joined VACo in July 2013 after an eight-year career with the National Association of Counties. He earned his Masters in Public Administration from Virginia Tech in the fall of 2014 and a Certificate in Local Government Management from Virginia Tech in the fall of 2013.