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New Executive Director for SGMP

Katie Herndon announced as new leader for national association

By Beth Buehler

Kathleen Herndon - SGMP Executive Director April 2023
Kathleen Herdon, Ph.D., new executive director of SGMP CREDIT Kathleen Herdon

Kathleen “Katie” Herndon, Ph.D., Association Management Professionals, has been named executive director of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP). Herndon began her new role on April 1 and is responsible for overseeing the association’s administration, programs, and strategic vision. Other duties include membership, marketing, sponsorship, fundraising, and community outreach.

Currently, she is working in tandem with Ascent Management to ensure a smooth transition as the new executive director for SGMP. Pam Valenzuela, CAE, and Ascent Management have served as SGMP’s management company for seven years. All information related to SGMP headquarters, including contact information, remains the same leading up to the National Education Conference on June 6-8 at Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Herndon brings over 10 years of experience in leading trade associations, nonprofits, and professional networks. Prior to becoming the new executive director for SGMP, she served in the same role for the Marine Technology Society, Virginia Land Title Association, and Maryland Land Title Association. In addition, she served as a consular officer with the U.S. Foreign Service in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and was the recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Herndon graduated with a doctorate degree in research psychology and is a certified family mediator.