Ms. Dawn Mancuso MAM, CAE, FASAE

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

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Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry


Dawn Mancuso is the Executive Vice President and CEO of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO).

After initially working in the communications field, Ms. Mancuso has been a non-profit manager for over 30 years. Prior to working for ASCO, she served as the CEO of the Hydrocephalus Association and the Association of Air Medical Services and its supporting foundation, the MedEvac Foundation International.

She has an undergraduate degree in International Relations from Georgetown University and a Master’s Degree in Association Management from George Washington University.

She is a frequent presenter at association management conferences, and has been published in magazines such as Association, Executive Update, and other non-profit management publications. She is a past board member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and is the author of one of the chapters of Professional Practices in Association Management, the closest thing to a textbook for those in the association management profession. She also worked with Jim Collins (author of Good to Great) as part of the research team and one of the research authors of the book, 7 Measures of Success: What Remarkable Associations Do that Others Don’t, published in 2006.

Ms. Mancuso earned the CAE (Certified Association Executive) designation from ASAE in 1991, and was named a Fellow of ASAE in March of 2001.

In her spare time, she serves on the board of directors of PAL (People-Animals-Love), a community non-profit dedicated to advancing the human-animal bond. She enjoys reading, gardening, and anything that takes her seaside.