The American Fraternal Alliance announced that Allison Koppel is the organization’s CEO, effective today. Koppel, who was chief operations officer with the alliance, is the first female chief executive in the organization’s 134-year history. She joined the American Fraternal Alliance in 2006 after spearheading membership programs and communications campaigns at Midwestern University and the North American Wholesale Lumber Association, both located in Illinois. The Alliance, with headquarters in Indianapolis, represents not-for-profit fraternal benefit societies operating in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Iowa is home to 30 fraternal benefit societies with 200,176 members, according to the alliance’s website. Koppel has been a trade association executive for over 20 years and holds the Certified Association Executive designation.