Arlene A. Pietranton, PhD, CAE, is Chief Executive Officer of ASHA, the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 186,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. ASHA's National Office, with more than 280 professional and support staff, is located in Rockville, Maryland.
Arlene assumed the executive director duties in January 2004. Prior to that, she served as ASHA's Chief Staff Officer for Speech-Language Pathology (1996-2003), in which capacity she liaised with the ASHA National Office units responsible for Government Relations and Public Policy, Speech-Language Pathology Practices, and Special Interest Divisions. Arlene also served as ASHA Director of Health Services (1994-1996).
Before joining ASHA Arlene worked at the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, DC where she held several clinical and administrative positions, including Director of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Services, Director of Rehabilitation Services, and Administrative Director of the Neurological Institute.
Arlene received her BA in biology, MA in speech-language pathology, and PhD in psychology from the George Washington University.
An ASHA Fellow, Arlene has served as President of the District of Columbia Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a member of the ASHA Legislative Council, Chair of the ASHA Political Action Committee, and a member of various committees of state and national professional and civic organizations.
Arlene holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and is an ASAE Fellow and a past Chairperson of the ASAE Board of Directors. She was recognized as a 2015 Top Association & Non Profit Innovator and as the 2015 Professional Society CEO of the Year by CEO Update.
Her interests include international history, cultures, and travel; reading; movies and theater; skiing; and entertaining family and friends. She resides in Washington, DC with her husband and two adult daughters.