Andrew J. Prazuch
Andrew J. Prazuch served thirteen years (2008-2020) as Executive Director of the King County Bar Association, the largest voluntary association of attorneys, judges, and law professors in the Pacific Northwest with over 5,500 members, a $5 million operating budget, and forty-three professional staff.
Among his accomplishments as chief executive officer, budget revenues doubled in size and $1.2 million was added to the foundation's endowment fund during a 125th anniversary celebration in 2011 that he organized. Under his leadership the bar created a new Public Policy Committee and a new Diversity Committee to develop social justice-related programming and positions for the Association. In 2013 he led a major reimagining of the bar's offices with a relocation project including new member meeting space with updated audio visual streaming capabilities. The bar's affiliated foundation fundraising board was reorganized under his vision to include the managing partners of the top-ranked Seattle law firms, further increasing the prominence of that body. Pro bono programs expanded in 2019 to include a partnership with United Way, the Seattle Mariners, and Microsoft as donors to a $10 million fund to provide rental assistance to tenants facing eviction proceedings. Annual funding for the bar's minority law student scholarship program increased 25% under his guidance.
KCBA promotes a just, collegial and accessible legal system and profession, working closely with the judiciary to achieve excellence in the administration of justice. Among KCBA's most important activities are its work on social justice public policy issues, its ratings and evaluations of the judiciary, its pro bono legal services for over 10,000 economically disadvantaged residents each year, and its emphasis on promoting diversity in the legal community -- including over $2 million in minority law student scholarships awarded since the 1970s.
Mr. Prazuch has over twenty years of experience in nonprofit association management, focusing on law-related organizations. Prior to KCBA, he served from 1999-2007 with the American Immigration Law Foundation, a Washington, DC-based national nonprofit which promotes the importance of immigration to the United States. Under his leadership as executive director, AILF grew from an initial operation with a $250,000 annual budget, $0 in reserves, and only 3 staff members, into an organization with a $2 million annual budget, a $1 million reserve fund, and 17 staff members. He launched numerous program initiatives including a think tank, an international exchange program, and a curriculum center for elementary and secondary-level educators.
In addition to his work at AILF, Mr. Prazuch served in Washington DC as director of government relations for NAFSA: Association of International Educators from 1994-1998, policy assistant for the American Immigration Lawyers Association from 1991-1994, and in Chicago as a staff assistant to U.S. Senator Alan Dixon (Illinois) from 1986-1991. Mr. Prazuch received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1986.
Professional activities include his service on the Board of Directors of the Washington Society of Association Executives (2011-2017, 2014-2015 president). Other leadership activities include his 2006-2007 service on the Board of Directors of the Association Foundation Group, an organization of executives leading nonprofit foundations across the country. Mr. Prazuch was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Conference of Bar Foundations (2002-2005), and previously served as a member of the government relations leadership council of the American Society of Association Executives (1996-1999).
Mr. Prazuch also holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from ASAE. Less than 5 percent of all association professionals in the country have achieved this mark of excellence which serves to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and designate those who demonstrate knowledge essential to the practice of association management. The certification must be renewed every three years through additional studies and leadership activities in the nonprofit community.