James Thomashower, BA

James Thomashower 2020

James Thomashower, BA

Workshop Presenter


Workshop – Sexual Harassment: AGO’s Zero Tolerance Policy and Disciplinary Procedures
Convention Hotel
7/9/2020 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM


James Thomashower has served as executive director of the American Guild of Organists since January 1998. Overseeing a budget of $2.75 million and 12 staff, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Guild’s national headquarters in New York and provides support for the National Council, its committees and task forces. In 2017 he was designated by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission as the AGO’s antitrust compliance officer.

Mr. Thomashower entered association management in 1983 as the manager of research and communications for the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. He served as NASBA’s executive director from 1988-1994 and as executive vice president of the National Society of Accountants from 1995-1997 before joining the AGO. Mr. Thomashower has also served as president of the Philipstown Reform Synagogue and the Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards, chairman of the New York Sierra Club Photography Committee, and on the boards of directors of the National Music Council, Cold Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, and Examination Services Corporation. Mr. Thomashower recently served on the Capital Campaign Committee of the Episcopal Church of St. Mary in-the-Highlands and is currently serving as a member of both the Governance and Public Affairs committees of the New York Society of Association Executives.

Mr. Thomashower earned a B.A. in English from Columbia University in 1973. He was awarded the Certified Association Executive designation from the American Society of Association Executives in 2000.

A native New Yorker, Mr. Thomashower resides in the Hudson River Valley with his wife, Penny M. Brickman. They are the proud parents of their daughter, Sarah.