Debra McGuire named IAAO Executive Director

December 15, 2020\For Immediate Release

KANSAS CITY, MO – Debra N. McGuire, MBA, IOM, CAE, has been selected as the new Executive Director of the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO). She will join the Association on Jan. 4.
"I am delighted to be part of the IAAO, which has long been respected as the leading association and standard-setter in the assessment and valuation area worldwide,” Ms. McGuire said. “I look forward to working with a dedicated Board and committed staff in serving assessors and valuers around the globe in advancing assessing, appraising and valuation best practices, creating fair and equitable tax policies, and elevating the profession. I am passionate about fostering an inclusive and diverse culture that embraces collaboration, builds community, and supports innovation to bring greater value to IAAO’s members.”McGuire3sm_1773603.jpg
Ms. McGuire currently serves as CEO of Association Interim Solutions in Dallas, Texas. Previously, she's been President & Chief Executive Officer of the American Fire Sprinkler Association; CEO and Executive Vice President of the American Academy of Family Physicians—Michigan Chapter and its Foundation; and Director of Education and Communications for the Michigan Townships Association. Ms. McGuire also held senior roles at the Michigan Manufacturers Association and Michigan Pharmacists Association, and she has led advocacy initiatives as a registered lobbyist.
“The IAAO Board of Directors was impressed with Debra's extensive management and association experience, including a background of working with assessors while she was with the Michigan Townships Association for 14 years along with having practical experience as a licensed Realtor®,” said IAAO President Amy Rasmussen, RES, AAS, FIAAO. “We look forward to her joining IAAO and leading us in the future."
Originally from Chicago, Ms. McGuire earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University (MSU). An Honors College graduate, Ms. McGuire—a former internationally-ranked athlete—was part of MSU’s 1982 Women’s Track & Field Big Ten Conference Championship Team. She also completed the Institute of Organizational Management (IOM) program at the University of Notre Dame and achieved the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).
A dedicated volunteer leader, Ms. McGuire has served on numerous committees, councils, and boards for over 25 years, including the MSU Honors College Alumni Association, Association for Strategic Planning, ASAE, and the ASAE Research Foundation, where she was recently selected to Chair the 2021 Research Committee in Washington, D.C. In 2012-2013, after serving five years as a Commissioner, she was appointed Chair of the Certified Association Executive Commission, the independent certifying body of ASAE, which awards the CAE credential and is responsible for setting standing rules and policies.  
IAAO is the leading nonprofit, educational and research association for individuals in the assessment profession and others with an interest in property valuation and taxation. IAAO's mission is to promote innovation and excellence in property appraisal, assessment administration and property tax policy through professional development, education, research, and technical assistance. IAAO currently serves more than 8,500 members worldwide.
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