New vice president for co-operative relations at NCBA-Clusa

Tamela Blalock said she was looking forward to helping build a better world and more inclusive economy

USA’s National Co-operative Business Association (NCBA-Clusa) is welcoming Tamela Blalock as its new vice president of co-operative relations.

With a career spanning over 20 years, Ms Blalock was most recently executive director of the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy, part of the American Physical Therapy Association. She was also a senior director of membership services for the National Association of Wholesalers-Distributors.

Other organisations she has worked for include the Central Intelligence Agency, Washington DC’s NFL Football Team, the Washington Post, and George Washington University. She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Georgetown University and a master’s in business in tourism administration from the George Washington University.

In addition to these roles, she is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), where she has served on the Global board of directors. She is also a co-founder of the Association for Women in Events (AWE).

A credit union member, Ms Blalock said she was looking forward to helping build a better world and more inclusive economy.

“During a moment when more and more people are disenchanted with capitalism because they associate the system with societal inequalities, co-ops can be the official ‘home base’ for Americans to find economic equality and further social harmony. I am honoured to be a fellow co-operator,” she said in a statement.

“We are excited to have Tamela join our team,” added Doug O’Brien, president and CEO of NCBA CLUSA. “Her rich background in association management, membership engagement and growth deepens NCBA CLUSA’s ability to better serve our members and the co-operative community.”