AAA Hires Christine Ross as New Executive Director

AAA Hires Christine Ross as New Executive Director

Announcement with headshot of Christine Ross, new Executive Director for AAA

Washington, D.C. (January 10, 2023) – The American Association for Anatomy (AAA) recently announced the hire of Christine Ross as the Association’s new Executive Director. Ross’s professional experience spans more than 30 years in a variety of organizations, including a state-level chamber of commerce, regional chambers of commerce, a visitors’ bureau, and a top-tier executive search firm.

Ross previously served as Interim Executive Director for AAA. Before starting her own consulting firm in 2021, Ross served for five years as President & CEO of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

Ross holds a Master’s degree in Marketing from the University of Maryland University College  and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from James Madison University.

About AAA

The American Association for Anatomy (AAA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Rockville, MD, and founded in 1888 to advance anatomical science through research, education, and professional development. The association’s global membership includes scientists and educators who research and study everything from humans to fish. Members turn to AAA to help them grow their careers, advocate for science locally and globally, stay informed, build relationships, and challenge their perceptions.

Formerly known as the American Association of Anatomists, AAA rebranded in 2019 and changed its name to the American Association for Anatomy to better reflect its commitment to and support of all aspects of anatomical sciences in education and scientific research. As elucidated by Phil Brauer,  AAA’s President at the time, the new name emphasizes “the discipline rather than the profession and encourages scientists, educators, students, and the public to recognize anatomy as a foundational science.”

For over 130 years, AAA has worked to advance its mission of advancing anatomical science through research, education, and professional development to make its vision of inspiring scientific curiosity and discovery a reality. AAA is a community of anatomy professionals that offers support and collaboration to fellow members, future members, and health-care and allied professions. International in scope, AAA’s membership community respects differences, acts with professionalism, and upholds the mission, vision, values, and policies of AAA at all times. The association is committed to welcoming, developing, and maintaining scientists and educators by embracing individuals with diverse life experiences.

About SMA

Sterling Martin Associates is a leading, specialty national search firm conducting chief executive-level searches for associations and nonprofit organizations. SMA has built an outstanding reputation by providing impeccable service to its clients and by placing exceptional talent in associations and nonprofits. Based in Washington, DC, SMA has offices in New York, Chicago, Orange County, CA, and Portland, OR.

Founding the firm in 2006 with a mission to combine his search expertise with nonprofit board experience, David martin now leads a highly experienced, diverse team of 15, combining in-depth client analysis with the latest search technologies to create effective, personalized searches. Since the day he founded the firm, David has personally taken a leadership role with every search, for every client.