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AAG Executive Director

After 17 years of distinguished service, Douglas Richardson is retiring from the post of executive director leaving the AAG well positioned, both financially and structurally, for continued excellence in the field of geography. The next executive director will build upon the successful organizational renewal of the AAG, which has expanded its membership greatly, developed strategic new research and educational initiatives, and extended the AAG’s international reach and programs substantially. Reporting to the Council, the executive director oversees the strategic planning and operations of the AAG and serves as an ex officio, non-voting member of all administrative committees and on other committees as requested by the Council. The executive director sits in and has oversight for the central office in Washington, DC, which currently has a highly talented staff of 23. Direct reports include: director of finance and accounting, director of program management and research, director of operations, director of AAG meetings, director of communications and design, government relations manager, publications manager, and the senior advisor for geography education. The executive director leads the concept development of initiatives for the Council to consider and serves as a key figure in setting the strategic direction of the organization.

To learn more about nominating a candidate or applying, 


Please send all nominations, inquiries and expressions of interest, in confidence and electronically,


Jim Sirianni, Partner

Susan VanGilder, Partner

Holly Jackson, Senior Associate

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