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Pam Russell
Senior Director of Communications


For Immediate Release
June 8, 2017

CASE Announces New CFO

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has announced the appointment of Diane Young, a financial executive with more than 20 years of experience in multi-corporation financial and operations management, to the newly created position of chief financial officer, effective June 20.

Young joins CASE from designDATA Inc., a managed services and IT consulting organization, where she provided senior-level technical consulting for nonprofits and associations. Prior to this position, Young served as vice president of accounting and controller for the Global Business Travel Association, which has 6,000 members and offices in eight countries, and as director of finance and administration for the American Industrial Hygiene Association, which named her employee of the year in 2006. She also served as director of finance for Association Management Group, which provides management services to 18 nonprofit associations.

Among her recent accomplishments, Young led the development of a new investment policy; established legal corporate entities in several countries; led the conversion of 21 companies to a new accounting system; set up financial and banking systems in multiple currencies; and implemented an automated budget management system that provided a streamlined tool for staff to enter budgets and reforecast projections.

Sue Cunningham, president and CEO of CASE, says Young's proven experience in financial and IT management and her leadership of complex nonprofits will bring invaluable expertise to CASE as it moves into its second year of a five-year plan of Reimagining CASE.

"In addition to her significant professional experience and accomplishments in the U.S. and internationally, Diane brings to CASE a passion for our mission and an eagerness to engage with and support CASE members and staff globally in their shared commitment to advancing education," Cunningham says. "I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank Don Falkenstein, who retires as vice president of finance on June 30, who has, over more than 18 years, established a strong foundation on which Diane will build."

Young says she is eager to begin her new position as the first CFO for CASE.

"I am honored to join CASE—such a mission driven and member focused organization. I am eager to play my part in the important work of advancing education throughout the world," Young says.

About CASE

CASE believes in advancing education to transform lives and society. As a global nonprofit membership association of educational institutions, CASE helps develop the communities of professional practice that build institutional resilience and success in challenging times. The communities include staff engaged in alumni relations, fundraising, marketing, student recruitment, stakeholder engagement, crisis communications and government relations. CASE is volunteer-led and uses the intellectual capital of senior practitioners to build capacity and capability across the world.

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