Founded in 1991 and based in Washington, DC, the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) represents the interests of the most prominent firms participating in seniors housing. ASHA’s members are engaged in all aspects of the development and operation of seniors housing, including construction, finance and management. ASHA provides leadership for the seniors housing industry on legislative and regulatory matters, advances research, education and the exchange of strategic business information, and promotes the merits of seniors housing.
David S. Schless has served as ASHA’s President since its creation by National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC) in 1991. With over 25 years of industry experience, David has an extensive understanding of seniors housing research, policy and regulatory issues, and an intimate knowledge of the seniors housing business. He is currently involved with the Alzheimer’s Association Brain Ball Committee, the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures, the Granger Cobb Institute for Senior Living at Washington State University and serves on the editorial board of the Seniors Housing & Care Journal. David has been honored as a Distinguished Alumnus by both the University of Connecticut and the University of North Texas for his work on behalf of seniors.
David holds a bachelor of science degree from the Center for Aging and Human Development at the University of Connecticut and a master of science degree from the Department of Applied Gerontology at the University of North Texas.