ASHRM Announces New Executive Director Evan Williams


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                 CONTACT: Sharon Cohen

CHICAGO (July 10, 2024) – The American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM), a professional membership group of the American Hospital Association, is pleased to announce the appointment of Evan Williams as its new Executive Director. Williams is a strategic and collaborative association leader and Certified Association Executive (CAE) who brings a wealth of experience and a strong track record of success.

“We are delighted that Evan is joining the team,” said Deanna Martin, MS, CAE, vice president of the AHA’s Professional Membership Groups (PMGs). “Evan’s experience and vision of growth for the organizations he serves, along with his collaborative nature, makes him ideal for this role as we continue to support members.”

Williams began his career in state government affairs and advocacy in Illinois before transitioning to the association sector. He spent eight years as vice president of external relations for the Mechanical Contractors Association. In 2014, he joined the Appraisal Institute as director of professional services and resources, where he led strategic and operational activities for a global professional society of real property valuers with more than 16,000 members in nearly 50 countries.

Williams is known for engaging volunteer leaders and staff in formulating and executing strategic objectives. His leadership at the Appraisal Institute included guiding the organization’s strategic plan, enhancing member retention and recruitment, and driving diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. His innovative approaches have significantly contributed to the growth and efficiency of the organizations he has served.

He has been heavily involved in the Association Forum, serving for many years on various committees and groups, including the Board of Directors and as Chair of the Board of Directors. His extensive volunteer service and leadership have earned him
numerous accolades, including the Association Forum’s John C. Thiel Distinguished Service Award and a spot in the USAE News Forty Under 40.

"ASHRM serves a critical role in advancing safe and trusted health care by providing invaluable leadership and support for health care risk professionals," Williams said. "I am thrilled to lead ASHRM and look forward to collaborating with members, volunteer leadership, staff and other stakeholders to advance our mission."

Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Millikin University and has earned several prestigious awards and certifications, including CAE and the Institute of Organizational Management (IOM) designation. He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and was recognized in the Association TRENDS Young & Aspiring Association Professional program.

“The Advisory Board and I are excited to welcome Evan as the new Executive Director of ASHRM," said Tatum O'Sullivan, RN, BSN, MHSA, CPHRM, DFASHRM, CPPS, senior consultant - Healthcare at Aon, Aon Global Risk Consulting and ASHRM Advisory Board president. “Evan's approachable nature and deep understanding of ASHRM's value to its members make him a valuable addition to the team. We look forward to a successful collaboration under his leadership.”

Williams also will serve as the Executive Director of the Society for Health Care Strategy & Market Development (SHSMD), a professional membership group of the AHA, under a shared leadership model.


The American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM), a professional membership group of the American Hospital Association, serves more than 5,800 members representing health care risk management, patient safety, insurance, legal, and other related interests. ASHRM promotes effective and innovative risk management strategies and professional leadership through education, advocacy, publications, networking and interactions with leading health care organizations and government agencies. For more information, visit the ASHRM website at