FAER Announces New Executive Director

May 14, 2024

Lise Jinno HeadshotFAER is pleased to announce that Ms. Lise Jinno has been appointed as its new Executive Director. As Executive Director, Ms. Jinno is responsible for the execution of FAER’s strategic plan and for the overall management and operation of the Foundation in service to its mission to develop the next generation of physician-investigators.

FAER began a thorough, far-reaching search for its new Executive Director in January 2024, facilitated by the Organizational Excellence (OE) department of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). Following an initial call for applications sourcing 73 candidates, 12 were selected to move forward to phone screenings. This pool was then narrowed further, with four applicants moving on to the interviewing stage. Two of those interviewed were identified as ideal for the Executive Director role. These two finalists underwent a last round of interviews with a range of FAER stakeholders to weigh their suitability for the position based on both their technical experience and culture fit with the Foundation. Through this rigorous selection process, Ms. Jinno was recognized as exceptionally well suited to lead FAER as Executive Director.

Ms. Jinno has over 15 years of experience leading professional associations and foundations. Prior to joining FAER, she helped lead the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) beginning in 2018, first as Foundation Director, then as Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. Board management, governance, and fundraising were deeply engrained in these roles and position Ms. Jinno to contribute greatly to FAER’s success.

Before ENA, Ms. Jinno was Executive Director of Foundation 65, a non-profit educational foundation serving over 7,000 public school students. Additionally, she has experience working with physicians, scientists, and researchers through her work in the organization of an ongoing speaker series and the yearly Symposium on Reproductive Science for the Northwestern University Center for Reproductive Science, where she served as a Program Assistant.

This catalogue of experience has equipped Ms. Jinno with the skills, knowledge, and passion to help FAER thrive as its new Executive Director. Not only have her professional roles provided the skills key to fulfilling the needs of this position, but they have also provided her a deeper appreciation for the importance of FAER’s mission and the ability to convey it powerfully to FAER’s internal and external stakeholders.

“I am delighted to welcome Ms. Jinno to the FAER team. With the importance FAER’s mission represents to anesthesiology and research, it was imperative that we found the ideal leader to shepherd our work in supporting the specialty’s early career investigators. While there were many strong candidates, Ms. Jinno’s alignment with both FAER’s mission as well as the work involved in pursuing it truly distinguished her from the crowd. I look forward to working with Ms. Jinno and seeing all that FAER will accomplish with her at the helm.”
- Dolores B. Njoku, MD, FAER Board Chair

“Since this year began, I’ve had the pleasure to immerse myself in and help lead the critical work FAER is undertaking. This has been profoundly rewarding, and I am excited for Ms. Jinno to go through this experience herself as Executive Director. Just as I’m thrilled for FAER to benefit from her expertise and leadership acumen. Ms. Jinno has hit the ground running in her role and has already shown the significantly positive impact her contributions will have on FAER’s operations. I will enjoy seeing the Foundation flourish under her guidance.”
- Max B. Kelz, MD, PhD, FAER President and Chief Scientific Officer (CSO)

Along with announcing Ms. Jinno’s selection, FAER would like to thank Board members Drs. Rebecca Aslakson, Chad Brummett, Chas Emala, and Vesna Jevtovic-Todorovic for their support during the hiring process. Each had the opportunity to meet with Ms. Jinno during the final round of interviews, and their positive feedback contributed to Ms. Jinno’s finalization as Executive Director. FAER also thanks the ASA’s OE team for their critical roles in the selection process, and would like to particularly express its gratitude to OE Executive Sara Curtis for her outstanding work in supporting FAER throughout this transitionary period. Finally, thank you to all those who applied for the Executive Director role for their interest in supporting FAER’s work.

Ms. Jinno began as Executive Director on April 22, 2024, and has already taken great strides in contributing to the Foundation’s success. FAER looks forward to sharing its successes under Ms. Jinno’s leadership as it moves into the future.

FAER is a related organization of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). For over 35 years, FAER has been dedicated to developing the next generation of physician-investigators in anesthesiology. Charitable contributions and support to FAER help fuel the future of anesthesiology through scientific discovery. Funding priorities include: Research, Education, and Training. At the time of this article's publication, FAER has awarded more than $56 million in research grants and programs since 1986. To donate to FAER, visit FAER.org/donate.

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Date of last update: May 14, 2024