WASHINGTON − The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) today announced the appointment of association veteran Aimee Carter as vice president of member services and business development. Aimee starts her new role at DISCUS October 16.

Aimee will lead all membership services and be responsible for member recruitment, engagement and retention. She will also oversee DISCUS’ comprehensive non-dues revenue program for the association through conferences, events, sponsorships and business development.

“Aimee has a strong and diverse background in associations and membership organizations and comes to DISCUS with a proven track record of ensuring member engagement and growth,” said Christine LoCascio, DISCUS chief of policy, strategy and membership. “We are very confident Aimee has what it takes to expand and strengthen our membership creating a solid and successful future for the spirits industry’s leading U.S. trade association.”

“It’s such an exciting time to join DISCUS as the association marks its 50th anniversary and opens its beautiful new Capitol Hill headquarters,” said Carter. “DISCUS’ longevity is a testament to the association’s strong leadership over the decades and its members’ determination to work together to navigate the challenges of the evolving spirits industry and marketplace. I look forward to building upon the great work that has been done to grow DISCUS’ membership programs and to further secure its base of active and engaged members.”

Aimee joins DISCUS from the Alliance for Health Policy, where she served as the vice president of development and engagement. In this role, Aimee was responsible for developing and executing strategies for annual revenue and longer-term growth; creating and leading fundraising and audience engagement strategies and evaluations; and overseeing logistics of fundraising and engagement events, briefings and conferences.

Prior to that, Aimee served as the vice president of membership for the Business Roundtable, a CEO member association. In this capacity, Aimee managed corporate relationships, engagement and membership administration including prospecting, recruiting and onboarding new members.

Earlier in her career, Aimee worked at AARP as vice president, international and also spent more than 10 years as the managing director of corporate affairs for the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). At CFR, she led corporate relationships, partnerships and fundraising for the foreign policy think tank and membership organization whose members include many of the most prominent international affairs leaders, business leaders, global influencers, noted thinkers and experienced practitioners.

Aimee received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Virginia and a Master of Arts in International Relations from Boston University – Paris, France.