National Women in Roofing (NWIR), a national organization focused on the empowerment of women within the roofing industry, is proud to announce the retainment of Ellen Thorp as the executive director of NWIR. Thorp will be instrumental in the start-up functions of the new association along with membership and sponsorship launches.
Known as a person who finds things out and gets things done, Thorp is well known in the roofing industry as the associate executive director of the EPDM Roofing Association (ERA).  She is currently responsible for the day-to-day operations of ERA along with financial management, governance, government and regulatory relations as well as administrative oversight and consultant coordination and supervision.
As executive director of NWIR, Thorp will continue in her role at ERA while helping NWIR with start-up association management functions including day-to-day operations, financial management and governance.  horp will also be instrumental in helping the NWIR board of directors launch of membership and sponsorships.
These important endeavors will kick off with a membership drive in June.
As founder of Meridian Consulting, a small association management company specializing in general association management and government relations consulting to trade and professional associations, Thorp brings 20 years of management experience. She has held a variety of positions with associations and educational institutions and holds a Bachelor's Degree in political science and Master's Degree in education policy and leadership. Last December, she completed over 100 hours of professional development in association management and passed the rigorous exam for the Certified Association Executive professional designation, which is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).