IDSA Appoints Chief Operating Officer to Serve as Interim Executive Director

Feb 2 2023 - 8:05pm


IDSA's Board of Directors has selected IDSA's Chief Operating Officer, Jerry Layne, CAE to serve as IDSA's Interim Executive Director effective January 1, 2023. This comes after the November 2022 announcement that Chris Livaudais, IDSA was stepping down from the position at the end of the year. Jerry will serve in this role while a formal search is conducted to indentify a new full-time Executive Director. 

Jerry joined the IDSA staff in 2013 and over the course of his 10-year tenure, he has become deeply involved with nearly every aspect of the association. A seasoned association professional, his career started in the retail industry as a General Manager for AMC Theatres where he developed a passion for human resources. He leveraged this passion and transitioned into association management with the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) managing Human Resources and Office Services before joining IDSA. In the role of IDSA's Chief Operating Officer, Jerry has maintained day-to-day oversight over Human Resources and Administration, Membership, Chapters and Sections, Technology, and Governance.

When asked about the opportunity ahead, Jerry states:

“I am humbled by this decision and excited to lead IDSA Staff and work with the Board during this transition period. Throughout my tenure, I've been fortunate to interact with many of our members, and look forward to getting to know as many of you as I can on a deeper level.

My knowlege of IDSA's history and operations uniquely positions me to serve IDSA in this new role. My chief responsibility is to ensure our community continues to experience the level of service and value they've come to expect through our programs. Simultaneously, I hope to deliver noticiable improvements throughout the year.



More about Jerry

The Long Island, NY native earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany, and a master’s degree in management: leadership and organizational effectiveness from the University of South Florida. In 2020 he earned his Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the highest professional credential in the association industry, and a distinction less than five percent of all association professionals have achieved.