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Irrigation Association Selects Natasha Rankin as Upcoming CEO

Washington D.C. (December 15, 2021) – The Irrigation Association recently selected Natasha Rankin as their new Chief Executive Officer, effective January 10, 2022.

Irrigation Association CEO Natasha Rankin

Rankin’s professional experience spans more than 25 years, including nine years in chief executive roles. Rankin joins IA from her most recent position serving as Chief Strategy Officer for the American Counseling Association (ACA). While working full-time at ACA, she completed her Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at the Stern School of Business at New York University.

She is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and currently serves on the ASAE Foundation Innovation Task Force and ASAE Political Action Committee, where she is recognized as an APAC Ambassador. Rankin is also a Pro Bono Business Consultant for entrepreneurial philanthropic nonprofits through her volunteer work with Compass DC and a member of the Public Policy Committee for Pet Partners, an advocacy organization.

About IA

IA is the premiere provider of education and certification programs for companies and individuals, supporting and advocating for the cutting-edge ideas and technology that offer solutions for water management and move agriculture toward sustainable growth. In this era of climate change, IA is tackling the big environmental management issues that are key to human survival. Sustainability, water use efficiency and technological advances will continue to play an increasingly pivotal role in a world that needs to produce more food with fewer resources.

About Sterling Martin Associates

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 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.