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Meet NE/SAE's Chair, James Hunt, Jr., CAE

Friday, August 24, 2018  
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NE/SAE would like to welcome our new Chair of the Board of Directors for 2018-2019, James Hunt, Jr., CAE.


Jim is President & CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, and has served NE/SAE's Board of Directors since 2016. 

Jim shared his insights on his career in association management, his role as President & CEO, and what he hopes to accomplish as Chair of NE/SAE.




What 3 words would you use to describe your year as Chair? 


Inclusion, Diversity, Encouragement.  


What would you like to accomplish, or focus on, during your term as NE/SAE’s Chair?  

I would like to build a pipeline of association and industry volunteers committed to populating NESAE committees, meetings, conferences, and the Board itself. 


How have you participated in NE/SAE prior to your serving as Board Chair?  

I have been a member of NESAE for many years and served on the Board for a time previously.  


Tell us about your job at the Mass. League of Community Health Centers. 


My position at the Mass League often finds me engaged in extraordinarily diverse activities from training and education, technical assistance, membership support, government relations, and business opportunities that impact community health centers and other nonprofits. 


How would you describe your Board?  

I would describe my Board as nonprofit CEOs of health centers and supporters of health centers who deeply know the content and are totally committed to the delivery of services to vulnerable populations. 


Where did you work prior to the Mass. League of Community Health Centers? 

I worked in Boston city government providing community assistance throughout the neighborhoods of Boston. 


What if any changes do you anticipate in NE/SAE in the future?  


The big challenge for NESAE is in the name itself—association executives. For the most part, I believe the Board and our membership would like to see us eventually a center of career growth for up-and-coming association professionals, not just C-Suite leaders.  


What opportunities do you see in the larger environment for associations to make a difference in society? 

At my association and probably all others, shared services and business plan development is essential to create both efficiencies of scale and financial opportunities for the associations that pick the right services.  


Why do you think people should volunteer with NE/SAE and for NE/SAE leadership roles? 


NESAE provides a user friendly platform to network with professionals within the region for both career growth and idea development that can be taken back home. 


What do you do for fun in your spare time?  

My philosophy is to work hard and play hard.  Family, boating, golf, and voluntary service are at the top of the list. 


Who is your biggest supporter in your life?  

My lifelong partner, Jean Hunt, and I have been married for 48 years and enjoy both our trials and tribulations as well are our good times with our children, our five grandchildren, and Jean’s new dog Gracie.  

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