Richard Yep CAE, FASA

Chief Executive Officer, American Counseling Association

Richard Yep, CAE, FASAE is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Counseling Association, the largest membership organization of professional counselors in the world. He currently oversees a staff of 63 and a $14 million budget. ACA has more than 55,000 members. Rich has worked for ACA for more nearly 30 years, the past 18 as the Association’s CEO. His previous roles at ACA involved public policy, marketing, and corporate planning. He is also the President of the American Counseling Association Foundation. Rich has presented on various issues impacting not-for-profit organizations relative to communications, marketing, public policy, leadership development, ethics, membership retention, and product development. Rich’s professional affiliations include the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). He has been a member of the ASAE Marketing Council, is a past Chair of ASAE’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, and completed a term on the ASAE Board of Directors in 2013. In addition, he has served on the ASAE Foundation’s Development Committee, and is currently on the ASAE Key Professional Associations Committee. He was named an ASAE Fellow in 2012 and currently chairs that group. For ten years Rich served on the Board of Trustees of Excelsior College, an institution based in Albany, New York that is dedicated to adult learners. He is Chair Emeriti of the board. Rich holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. The father of a graduate of New York University and two yellow labs, Rich currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife Mona where he continues to work on perfecting his Tweets.