Ms. Claudia Mansfield Sutton

Claudia M. Sutton recently 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 specializes 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, Sutton was the chief operating officer 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. While there, she established a new Operations and Technology Program and a new certification program for financial planners. Both quickly garnered great visibility and substantially improved member satisfaction.

As the executive director of the Student & Youth Travel Association (SYTA) and the SYTA Youth Foundation, Sutton led the successful transition of both organizations from Michigan to Washington, DC. The primary goals of the transition, attained within one year, were to grow the organizations and to increase their impact on and presence within the Washington-based travel and education industries.

Prior to the student travel experiences, Sutton served as chief communications and marketing officer for the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). During her tenure there, she was responsible for leading a significant change management initiative, as well as leading the communications, media relations, governance, corporate and strategic alliance, membership, and leadership development efforts for this professional organization of more than 13,000 school system leaders. Earlier in her career, she worked in the AASA Office of Government Relations as a lobbyist and a judicial/regulatory specialist.

Additionally, Sutton served as vice president of strategic marketing and government affairs for WRC Media, Inc., a $250M educational publishing company. She was responsible for setting the overall strategic positioning in the marketplace and for the implementation of key group-wide initiatives. For CompassLearning, a WRC Media company, Ms. Sutton served as senior vice president of marketing.

Also in the private sector, she was vice president of public affairs at Computer Curriculum Corporation, a Simon & Schuster company. She was responsible for national marketing and sales support programs, business development programs, corporate partnerships and strategic alliances.

Earlier in her career, Sutton was manager of marketing communications for Plato Education Services, a Division of Control Data Corporation, and 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. In McKeesport, she also created and led a secondary-level gifted education program.

Sutton is the vice president of the Wyndham District Homeowners Association and served on the board of the Association of the United States Navy for six years.

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. Most recently, Ms. Sutton earned the credential of Certified Association Executive (CAE) through the American Society for Association Executives.