NWRA’s Anne Germain Earns Certified Association Executive Credential

NWRA’s Anne Germain Earns Certified Association Executive Credential

Arlington, VA – The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has announced that Anne Germain, chief operating officer and senior vice president of technical and regulatory affairs for the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA), has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE©) designation. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry.

To be designated as a Certified Association Executive, an applicant must have experience with nonprofit organization management, complete a minimum of 100 hours of specialized professional development, pass a stringent examination in association management and pledge to uphold a code of ethics. To maintain the certification, individuals must undertake ongoing professional development and activities in association and nonprofit management. More than 4,700 association professionals currently hold the CAE credential. The CAE program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

“We congratulate Anne on earning her CAE credential,” said Jim Riley, NWRA’s interim president and CEO. “It is a rigorous process, and we know that through this she will continue to make NWRA a stronger organization.”

Germain has worked in the field of resource conservation and materials management for more than 30 years and has been with NWRA since 2013. Her current work focuses on supporting members by developing and implementing strategies that address common issues facing the industry.

Prior to joining NWRA, Germain worked with the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) for 19 years, where she served as chief engineer. The experience with DSWA provided Germain with a unique skill set in implementing integrated waste management solutions for the public sector.

In addition, Germain is a past president of the Solid Waste Association of North America, has served on the executive committee for the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. and is currently a trustee on the board of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. She is an active national speaker and published author on waste and recycling issues. She is a board-certified environmental engineer with a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Delaware and a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Virginia Tech.


ASAE is a membership organization of more than 4,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations. Since it was established 100 years ago, its members have and continue to lead, manage, and work in or partner with organizations in more than a dozen association management disciplines, from executive management to finance to technology. With the support of the ASAE Research Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge, and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession and provides resources, education, ideas, and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. Visit ASAE at asaecenter.org.

The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that manage waste, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.

Brandon Wright
National Waste & Recycling Association