September 8, 2016—The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has appointed Karen Silberman, a seasoned association leader, as its new executive vice president. Silberman will assume responsibility for strategic initiatives and staff management at the association’s Washington, D.C.-area headquarters on Oct. 17.
Silberman comes to ACA with a history of driving organizational change, creating and sustaining performance oriented cultures and driving membership growth and value. Most recently, she served for four years as executive director of the Federal Bar Association (FBA), where she eliminated a budget deficit, significantly increased membership and nearly doubled program revenues. Among her achievements, she was responsible for launching a new student division as well as a new national conference, Women in the Law.
Before FBA, she served as executive director at both the Society of Human Resource Management Foundation and the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity.
A Washington, D.C. native, Silberman is a graduate of Indiana University at Bloomington, where she earned a master’s degree in Public Affairs with a focus in Nonprofit Management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Oberlin College. In addition, she earned a Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential through the American Society of Association Executives. Silberman also serves as chair of the board of the Friends of the National Zoo.
“Karen brings precisely the right combination of experience and leadership that ACA needs at this time of change and opportunity in its history,” said David Herd, DC and ACA president. “We are looking forward to working with her on several new initiatives, such as branding and governance review, that will invigorate the association and strengthen its ability to meet members’ needs.”
“I’m excited to join ACA at such a pivotal time in history for not only the organization and profession, but also the health care industry as a whole,” said Silberman. “I’m also delighted to be a part of the important effort to expand access to chiropractic services and to provide doctors of chiropractic with the information and tools they need to succeed.”
Silberman replaces Richard Miller, acting executive vice president and longtime ACA lobbyist who had served in an interim role since January 2015.