David S. Schless


David S. Schless has served as President of ASHA since its creation in 1991.  With 20 years of experience in seniors housing, David has an extensive understanding of seniors housing policy and regulatory issues, and an intimate knowledge of the seniors housing business.  His responsibilities include serving as Treasurer of ASHA’s Seniors Housing Political Action Committee, the nation’s largest PAC focused exclusively on supporting federal candidates who support the development and preservation of high quality seniors housing. 
David is a co-author of the HDR Affordable Seniors Housing Handbook, which was revised and published annually between 1995 and 2005 by the West Group.  In 2007, David joined the Advisory Board of The Erickson School of Aging, Management and Policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore College (UMBC).  He currently serves on the editorial board of the Seniors Housing & Care Journal and 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/Center for Studies in Aging at the University of North Texas.

You can contact Dave at or (202) 885-5560.