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Sima Hassassian

Chief Operating Officer

Sima Hassassian serves as the Chief Operating Officer of The National GEM Consortium. She is responsible for all facets of GEM’s corporate activities, which includes an emphasis on business partnerships, diversity and maximization of opportunities for underrepresented students in master’s level and doctoral programs.

Sima brings over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and is an innate leader with extensive expertise in the areas of finance, operations, marketing, business negotiations and talent management. Sima’s approachability and unwavering work ethic have ensured the creation of high performing teams over the years that have produced extraordinary results while maintaining the highest level of member and customer satisfaction.

After immigrating to the United States approximately 35 years ago, Sima has lived with her family in Virginia and is a proud alumni of George Mason University as well as being a Certified Association Executive (CAE) from the American Society of Association Executives. Outside of GEM, Sima enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and watching tennis and football.