Marcie Granahan, Executive Director

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Marcie Granahan joined NFAIS in 2014, replacing retiring executive director Bonnie Lawlor. A certified association executive, Granahan has more than 20 years in nonprofit management, including the American Society of Association Executives, the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.  She has served as the chief executive officer of membership organizations for the past ten years, working with corporations, academia and government to advance society, public knowledge, and the greater good.  

Granahan believes that information discoverability and technology are at a pivotal point in history. NFAIS and its members are at the forefront of the information age. The future of the world’s knowledgebase, global access, and dissemination of life-changing authoritative information lies within our hands.

Granahan earned her B.A. in communications from Salisbury State University in 1986, is a longstanding member of the American Society of Association Executives, and has held the Certified Association Executive credential since 2000.

Nancy Blair-DeLeon, Director of Professional Development

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 Nancy Blair-DeLeon, formerly an independent consultant after having been a member of IEEE's professional staff for more than 30 years, serves as NFAIS's Director of Professional Development.

 As a Senior Program Manager in Product Design, she successfully managed the IEEE's single article sales, document delivery, abstract and indexing, discovery services, author relations business, open access program, and intellectual properties permissions programs.  Nancy also served as an NFAIS Board of Directors Member from 2014 – 2015 and currently serves on the NFAIS Discovery Services Task Force and NFAIS Meetings Planning Committee. 

Barbara Meyers Ford, Director of Marketing and Communications

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Barbara Meyers Ford, president of Meyers Consulting Services, joined NFAIS as Director, Marketing and Communications in 2017.  Barbara is a 40+-year veteran in scholarly and professional communications. Her career started with a series of staff positions at membership organizations and information-centric consulting firms such as Capital Systems Group, Inc., the American Chemical Society, National Academy of Sciences, Chamber of Commerce of the United States, and RGA Consulting Group. She began her private consulting practice in 1983 and along with contract projects served in on-site publishing and society management positions with STM organizations. She was a co-founder and one of the original 16 members of the pro tem Board of Directors of the Society for Scholarly Publishing and a past president of the Council of Science Editors along with many years of volunteer service to several other key industry organizations.  

The dissemination of information with the greatest degree of accuracy and reliability in the most efficient and cost-effective manner has been the basis of Barbara’s approach throughout the years. She believes that adherence to standards in terms of quality and technical integration is essential to our industry’s future well-being. This belief coincides directly with the mission of NFAIS.

Barbara earned her degrees from George Washington University: a BA in science journalism in 1975 and a MA in science, technology, and public policy in 1976. She returned to GWU as a member of the adjunct faculty in the College of Professional Studies, Masters in Publishing program in 2005.