Washington, DC – December 1, 2021 – Following the June 2021 announcement of the retirement of long-tenured CEO, Elaine Auld MPH, MCHES®, the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), announced today that its executive committee has appointed Susan Robertson, CAE, as its interim CEO.
Founded in 1950, SOPHE is the premier nonprofit organization advancing health education, health advocacy, and health equity. Its mission is to support leaders in health education and promotion to advance healthy and equitable communities across the globe. SOPHE represents the professional interests of more than 4,000 members throughout the U.S. and abroad.
In her role as interim CEO, Susan will lead SOPHE’s dedicated team of professionals while continuing to grow the organization’s value to its members, donors, sponsors, partners, and other stakeholders. She will lead efforts to ensure SOPHE’s programs remain high-quality, sought-after opportunities for SOPHE members and other public health education professionals.
Susan brings extensive experience in association management to SOPHE, having served in several senior management roles, including CEO of the American Society of Association Executives.
“Susan’s strategic drive and her long, distinguished career in the association management community make her the perfect choice to lead SOPHE during this transition period,” said Deborah Fortune, Ph.D., FAAHE, SOPHE President. “We’re thrilled to welcome Susan aboard.”
“As a long-standing association executive, I’m very excited to join SOPHE, the leading organization advancing public health education,” said Susan Robertson, CAE. “SOPHE’s commitment to professional development and member success mirrors my values, and I look forward to upholding the organization’s strong strategic priorities and building a bridge to the appointment of SOPHE’s new and permanent CEO.”
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The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1950 to support leaders in health education and promotion to advance healthy and equitable communities across the globe. SOPHE represents a diverse membership of 4,000 professionals and students who work and learn in various public and private organizations and universities to advance health education theory and research, develop disease prevention and health promotion programs, and promote public policies conducive to health. For more information visit www.sophe.org.