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Claudia Mansfield Sutton, M.Ed., CAE

Claudia M. Sutton, who has served on the AUSN Board of Directors since 2015, retired as the president and CEO of the Association, Education, and Business Institute (AEBI), a consulting organization that offers an array of strategic support services to organizations in the private and not-for-profit sectors. At AEBI, Sutton specialized in leadership and change management, board recruitment and retention, strategic marketing, revenue generation, and the development of corporate alliance programs. A certified association executive (CAE), Sutton is best known for her ability to lead and assist others in leading organizations toward the successful attainment of strategic goals.


Prior to leading AEBI, she held leadership positions in a variety of associations. Sutton was COO for the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI), a trade association whose members are the companies, financial advisors, and vendors who develop and deliver insured retirement products and services. She also served as executive director of the Student & Youth Travel Association (SYTA) and the SYTA Youth Foundation. Sutton served as chief communications and marketing officer for the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), a professional organization of more than 13,000 school system leaders.


Prior to her roles in associations, Sutton spent much of career in education. She was vice president of strategic marketing and government affairs for WRC Media, Inc., a $250M educational publishing company and vice president of marketing for CompassLearning, a WRC Media company. Sutton was vice president of public affairs at Computer Curriculum Corporation, a Simon & Schuster company, and manager of marketing communications for Plato Education Services. She began her career as a junior high and high school social science teacher and reading specialist for the McKeesport Area School District in Pennsylvania.


Sutton received her bachelor of science degree in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master of education degree in language communications from the University of Pittsburgh.  She also holds a post-graduate certification in educational administration and was a fellow for the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C.

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