Staff

Our Staff

ASJA is managed by Kellen, a global association management and communications company.

As Kellen employees, ASJA’s staff members bring years of expertise and an understanding of best practices to advance the ASJA mission and serve members. Staff members partner with ASJA leaders to develop strategic planning and manage ASJA programs.

James Brannigan

James Brannigan, Executive Director

James graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Iona College and is currently pursuing his MBA at CUNY Baruch College. During his time at Iona, he wrote for an electronic music publication, garnering more than 300 bylines and covered dozens of music festivals and concerts across the tri-state area. James joined Kellen in 2015 and currently serves as the Executive Director for ASJA, as well as the Home Fashion Products Association (HFPA), and as Associate Director for the New York Society of Association Executives (NYSAE.) James was born and raised in Long Island and currently resides in Manhattan’s Upper West Side.


Brendan Eckstein, Program Associate

Brendan is an Associate Account Executive at Kellen responsible for programs at ASJA. Brendan has a background in government and legislative affairs previously working and interning for a member of the NYS Assembly. Brendan graduated Cum Laude from Iona College with a Bachelors degree in Political Science and a minor in History. Brendan was born in Westchester County NY, and resides in Eastchester NY.


Brittany Marinovich, Meetings Manager

Brittany is ASJA’s meeting manager, bringing more than 10 years of experience leading event strategy and execution, corporate partnerships, and marketing and communications initiatives. She manages meetings for a number of associations in Kellen, with groups ranging from hundreds of attendees to thousands, both national and international. Previously, she was a corporate event planner for a women’s professional development company aiming to promote women in business. She led the logistical planning and execution of dozens of events each year in Atlanta and Chicago, ranging from private events, workshops, and annual conferences. She also briefly trotted the global as a Delta flight attendant after graduating college. Brittany graduated magna cum laude from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in marketing. She lives outside of Atlanta with her husband and two young sons.

Spencer Boos, Membership Associate

Spencer is currently serving as an Associate Account Executive at Kellen, working with multiple clients and serving ASJA as a Membership Associate. Spencer has extensive association experience, as he interned with an association for aging American citizens, serving as both an Administrative Assistant as well as a Member Service Representative. Spencer recently graduated from Iona College after receiving his BA in History and minoring in Political Science. Spencer was born in Islip, NY, in which he still currently resides. 


Meet ASJA’s Board of Directors

ASJA is governed by a volunteer Executive Committee and Board of Directors, elected by ASJA membership.

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