Our success lies with our team of highly experienced professionals.
A. Shuanise Washington
President and CEO
A. Shuanise Washington is responsible for charting the future of NAMIC, including guiding strategic planning efforts and leveraging the organization’s existing strengths.
An executive with more than 25 years of experience in the non-profit and corporate sector, Ms. Washington led the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation for five years, where she oversaw public policy, research, educational and fundraising initiatives. Most notably, she supervised the Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), a five-day, policy gathering in Washington, D.C., that draws prominent figures from across politics, business, entertainment, academia and other sectors each September. Prior to her appointment as president of CBCF, Ms. Washington was the president, founder and CEO of Washington Solutions, LLC, a firm she founded in 2008 after a long and successful career working at the highest levels of corporate America. The firm provided strategic counsel to businesses of all sizes, governments and non-profit organizations, filling a critical range of needs for them, including political outreach, coalition building and grassroots advocacy. Her work in external and government affairs included tenures at Altria Corporate Services, Inc. and Philip Morris.
A graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Humanities and Social Sciences Cognate in Mathematics, Ms. Washington has also participated in leadership programs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Business and Columbia Business School Executive Education Program. She also holds a long and deep belief in philanthropy and civic engagement. In addition to numerous charitable efforts she undertakes, Ms. Washington serves as a commissioner on the Maryland – National Capital Park and Planning Commission; is the former chair of the board for the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.; and is a member of the Community Foundation Prince George’s County, Maryland and The Links, Incorporated. She has received numerous awards and has been featured in various national and local publications.
Vice President, Events and Partner Relations
As the Vice President of Events and Partner Relations, Sandra Girado leads the production and management of NAMIC’s national events, and also oversees key marketing and creative services.
Sandra brings to NAMIC close to a decade of experience in the meeting planning and trade show industry. Prior to joining NAMIC in June 2005, she served as the Programs Administrator for the International Council of Shopping Centers where she was responsible for the management of educational programs, including faculty recruitment and curriculum scheduling. In that position she also worked to facilitate programs in Asia, Mexico, the Middle East and Moscow. Sandra also worked with the EastWest Institute, where she was responsible for planning Global Homeland Security Conferences for the international community. Additionally, she was the Special Events Manager for Lebhar-Friedman, a New York based publishing company.
She is a graduate of Manhattan College, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and International Business.
Senior Manager, Membership and Publications
As the Senior Manager of Membership and Publications, Susan Waldman oversees the day-to-day facilitation of NAMIC’s membership operations, as well as market research to drive growth. She is also responsible for the production of NAMIC’s industry-wide publication, Diversity Digest.
She launched her career in market research as a media planner on such accounts as Loews Hotels and Omnipoint Communications at Hill, Holliday Altschiller and McCann Direct advertising agencies. There she was introduced to the gamut of advertising research resources as she planned and purchased the media for various clients. After a few years, Susan moved over to the magazine industry.
Susan has served as the Marketing Research Manager at Vibe, Spin and The Source magazines and Research Director at Motor Trend magazine. Supporting 20 sales representatives by providing them with competitive and analytic research regarding each magazine’s audience, she has honed her research expertise.
Susan received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.