Shelley Sanner, MA, CAE
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Senior Vice President, Consulting

ssanner@mckinley-advisors.com 202.831.4672

Shelley Sanner, MA, CAE

Since joining McKinley as a Managing Consultant in 2007, Shelley Sanner has led numerous associations and non-profits through a systematic, research-driven, and collaborative approach—all with the goal of providing her clients with solutions that have a lifespan beyond a final deliverable. She has led projects that have focused on organizational assessment, product development and management, marketing, membership, pricing, global growth, component relations and many others.

From connecting with members to carefully prioritizing budgetary needs in a dues-driven organization, Shelley gained a fundamental understanding of the association landscape as a membership director for the American Council on Education. She took that experience and expanded it by becoming a member and active volunteer leader with her own professional society, ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership. This eventually led to the opportunity at McKinley Advisors. Always building from her knowledge base as a Certified Association Executive (CAE), Shelley’s breadth and depth of interaction with associations from every sector, size, and geographic scope has allowed her to build a repository of best practices and insights.

Whether she’s climbing another mountain or sharing pictures from a remote backpacking trip, Shelley is constantly challenging herself — and finding solitude — in the great outdoors. She earned an MA in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University and a BA from Juniata College, where she majored in French and education.

“And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
Steve Jobs