Christie Tarantino-Dean, FASAE, CAE CEO

Christie TarantinoChristie Tarantino-Dean brings more than 20 years of association management experience to IFT, including noteworthy leadership positions at two major membership associations. In her most recent position leading the Association Forum of Chicagoland, she launched a variety of programs designed to increase membership impacting more than 1,600 associations throughout the Chicago area.

Prior to her role at Association Forum, she served as the Executive Director of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), which has 35,000 members and 62 chapters. Tarantino-Dean also gained extensive experience in convention management as the Associate Vice President of Member Relations at the Professional Convention Management Association, and as Membership Services Director with the Alabama State Bar Association.

A graduate of Auburn University at Montgomery, Tarantino-Dean earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and her master’s of public administration. She is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the Professional Convention Management Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100, and the Illinois Society of Association Executives. She is also a board member of the Partnership to Educate and Advance Kids (PEAK), a non-profit organization that provides scholarships and mentors for at-risk children in the Chicago area.