Curve Benders Podcast – Evolution of Associations with Elisa Pratt, CAE


The 31st episode of the Curve Benders podcast is live with a former client, and now Nour Cohort Community member, Elisa Pratt, CAE.

She’s an association management executive with a passion for engagement, whether grassroots advocacy or the development and advancement of regional chapter affiliates both domestically and internationally. In the last two decades, she has served as a Political Affairs Manager, a Director of Congressional Relations, a Senior Director of Chapter Support Services, the Director of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), and most recently as the Chief Global Member Engagement Officer, working with members and chapters in more than 125 countries. Driven to promote membership policies and benefits, she has designed strategies to retain and recruit members, overseen foundations, chapters, councils, and association government affairs efforts.

With a unique background in advocacy and activism, membership, and stakeholder relations, as well as association management operations, her diverse expertise makes her a valuable partner and advisor to global non-profit clients.

A native of Sacramento, California, she received her undergraduate degrees in Political Science and English Literature from the University of California, at Davis and a Master of Arts in Government with honors from Johns Hopkins University. She is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) by the America Society of Association Executives (ASAE), considered the highest level of professional competency in association management and serves to elevate professional standards.

BTW, elated to launch PM Next with longtime friend and colleague, Jennifer Bridges, PMP of It’s a new series focused on the new project management competencies we believe Project Management Professionals (PMPs) need to succeed in the Covid-19 world.

Don’t forget, I turn the show notes from these podcasts into more in-depth articles, so check them out in our Free, Member-Based community, Nour Forum. Join us at

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