ASA is the essential resource to cultivate leadership, advance knowledge, and strengthen the skills of those who work with, and on behalf of, older adults.

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Volunteer Leadership Center

The 2015 application period for ASA Volunteer leaders ended on August 15, 2015.
The next application period will open June, 2016.

ASA is a member-driven, member-led organization whose committees and Board structure offer many opportunities for members to engage as volunteer leaders in the organization. Following is information describing those committee and volunteer opportunities. An application follows, along with links to additional information. We welcome your deeper engagement in the life of ASA and welcome your expression of interest and your completed application for service.

ASA Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is charged with providing effective governance to the organization. As trustees of a nonprofit organization, the directors comprise the governing body legally responsible for carrying out ASA’s mission, safeguarding the organization’s assets, and ensuring the future of the organization. The board is responsible for providing clarity of mission and strategic direction for ASA, as well as giving guidance, assistance, and oversight to ASA’s Chief Executive Officer.

For 2016–2018 Board terms, ASA was seeking applications to fill a Chair-Elect position and up to nine at-large director positions.


ASA Board Standing Committees

ASA is seeking volunteers to serve on the Board Standing Committees listed below. All positions are at-large two-year appointments, and begin in March in conjunction with the annual meeting. All committees meet at least twice a year via conference call and, in most cases, one time in-person at the ASA annual conference.

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee provides input to ASA staff on all aspects related to the ASA Awards Programs, including review of award nominations and applications as well as the selection of award recipients.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee is a standing committee, the purpose of which is to ensure universal inclusion and participation of people at all levels of ASA activities. We invite and value such participation without regard to age or ability; racial, ethnic or gender identities; or sexual orientation. The committee work may touch upon or include such activities as membership recruitment or developing learning opportunities at regional, national and international levels where possible.

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee’s responsibilities are to represent the general membership, and to guide and shape the membership value proposition. The Committee encourages, promotes and enhances networking and marketing opportunities to expand and retain the membership base of ASA. This includes expanding outreach efforts, refining marketing and retention strategies, assessing membership costs and benefits structures and building a stronger membership community based on ASA's strategic goals.

Public Policy Committee

The Public Policy Committee is responsible for developing activities that ensure a voice in appropriate state and national public policy which address the needs of older people. The Committee members work with staff in the coordination of ASA's activities on public policy for the good of ASA and the constituency it serves. 

Student and Emerging Professionals (STEP) Group

The purpose of the Students and Emerging Professional Group (STEP Group) is to advance the education and professional development of students, emerging professionals and early stage career professionals through development of leadership skills, mentoring, and engagement in local or regional groups. 

STEP provides ASA member students, emerging and early stage career professionals:

  1. Experience in developing individual leadership skills through service on ASA committees.
  2. Mentoring through ASA's Mentor Advantage, an exclusive site for ASA members to find a mentor/mentee and make connections.
  3. Opportunities for engagement by students and early stage career professionals through local groups, such as, Chicago Bridge, GenPhilly, Emerging Aging (NYC) and Emerging Leaders (D.C.).

ASA Constituent Group Council and Editorial Committee Opportunities


Each of ASA's constituent groups focuses on the interests and concerns of professionals working in the settings and disciplines addressed by the group. The Council of each constituent group is responsible for providing direction and guidance to the network and meets at least twice a year via conference call as well as during the ASA Annual Conference.


ASA Editorial Advisors


Each issue of Generations, ASA’s flagship quarterly journal, is devoted to a particular topic in aging and features nationally recognized authors and guest editors.

Responsibilities of Generations Editorial Advisors:

  • Participating in two one-day in-person meetings per year, held at the ASA Annual Conference and also at the GSA Annual Conference
  • Participating in a group process for Generations issue theme selection
  • Acting as a contact to prospective authors and/or guest editors
  • Contributing articles (optional)
  • Promoting the publication

Aging Today

ASA’s bimonthly newspaper, Aging Today, covers advances in practice, policy and research nationwide.

Responsibilities of Aging Today Editorial Advisors:

  • Participating in quarterly meetings (three meetings via conference call and one in-person meeting during the ASA Annual Conference)
  • Acting as a contact to prospective authors
  • Contributing articles (optional)
  • Identifying reprint possibilities
  • Promoting the publication

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