Daniel Martinage, CAE, joined the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) as executive director in January 2013. A Certified Association Executive (CAE) since 1987, he has served as chief executive officer of several associations and professional societies including the International Coach Federation; National Council for the Multifamily Housing Industry; and the Institute of Management Consultants. Martinage also served on the faculty for the Center for Nonprofit Advancement and as a reviewer and judge for “The Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management.”
He holds a master’s degree in science, technology and public policy and a bachelor’s degree in political science and speech communication—both from The George Washington University. As a GW student, Martinage got some rare opportunities at a young age. In the early ‘70s, he interned on Capitol Hill for the first Jesuit priest to become a U.S. Congressman—Rev. Robert Drinan—from Martinage’s home state of Massachusetts. Martinage also attended Watergate hearings on Capitol Hill. And in 1987, he took a year-long sabbatical and backpacked around the globe.