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The National Communication Association Appoints New Executive Director: Dr. Shari E. Miles- Cohen

Washington D.C. (November 27, 2021) – The National Communication Association (NCA) recently announced the appointment of Dr. Shari E. Miles-Cohen as its new Executive Director. Dr. Miles-Cohen brings more than 30 years of experience in member associations, research-focused nonprofits, and academia.National Communication Association Executive Director Dr. Shari E. Miles-Cohen

She joins NCA from her most recent role with American Psychological Association (APA). She served multiple leadership roles for APA over her 14 years with the organization, most recently as their Senior Director, Human Rights Team.Miles-Cohen holds a doctorate in Personality Psychology from Howard University. She worked toward her doctorate while serving various leadership roles for the Women’s Research and Education Institute (WREI), finishing her last two years with the organization as Executive Director.  She will begin her role as Executive Director for NCA on January 3, 2022.

About  NCA

The National Communication Association (NCA) advances Communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry. NCA serves the scholars, teachers, and practitioners who are its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching. Dedicated to fostering and promoting free and ethical communication, NCA promotes the widespread appreciation of the importance of communication in public and private life, the application of competent communication to improve the quality of human life and relationships, and the use of knowledge about communication to solve human problems. NCA supports inclusiveness and diversity among our faculties, within our membership, in the workplace, and in the classroom; NCA supports and promotes policies that fairly encourage this diversity and inclusion.

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.