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ANS Change Plan 2020

December 10, 2019 Update

Dear ANS Member:

I hope this message finds you well headed into the holiday season. As you know, the Board of Directors approved ANS Change Plan 2020 at the November meeting in Washington, DC. Here is the link to the plan, with notes in red detailing the Board's actions. A summary of the plan is also available for viewing. 

Guided by the plan, staff and I have begun a thorough review of ANS operations with the goal of creating a more streamlined, less siloed organization that is better equipped to meet our members' needs going forward.

While the review is ongoing, I can say that I am encouraged by our team's willingness to think differently and adopt a more service-oriented and entrepreneurial culture.

I look forward to providing you with more information when we conclude the review in early February.

In the meantime, your continued input is important to us. Please do not hesitate to send comments and suggestions to

All the best,

Craig Piercy
ANS Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer

ANS 2020 Change Plan Objectives

Advocacy and Fundraising

ANS advocacy activities attract increasing amounts of philanthropic support

Commercial Publications

Commercial Publications redesigned to communicate industry and technical information of value (while minimizing cost)


ANS internal communications to members are effective (and efficient)

Constituent unit interactions and communications with/to “the world” are aligned with each other and ANS National

Congressional Fellow Program

Congressional Fellow Program establishes ANS as go-to and influential asset for policymakers


Significant spending decisions align with society priorities

Increased speed for good ideas to be funded and implemented

Improved efficiency in student support

Improved efficiency and flexibility in scholarship administration


The Board of Directors and Officers are effective as strategic leaders and stewards of the Society

ANS governance is more effective

ANS committee structure is more simple, efficient, and effective

ANS Staff is more influential and accountable


Topical Meetings redesigned to attract / reach more members, reduce financial risk, and improve finances

Content of national meetings redesigned to provide increased value to more members

Logistics of national meetings redesigned to reduce financial risk/variance


Organization membership program is utilized as a strategic vehicle to expand membership and strengthen ANS

Meetings are used to convert more non-ANS member attendees to ANS members.

Increased reliability and amount of revenue through member dues

Organizational Unity (“1ANS”)

Unity, community, and alignment among members at every level and each constituent unit of ANS

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