||ASGA was founded in the spring of 2004 when the editors of Student Leader magazine, a national publication for campus leaders, determined that there was a need for an organization devoted exclusively to Student Governments and providing them with networking, research, and training resources.
The first inklings of this organization came up during a vibrant discussion between members of the Student Leader e-mail list in the fall of 2001. The list members were debating the need for another national student lobbying organization, and one of the students proposed a National Student Government Association of America (NSGAA). While this idea generated a great deal of interest and was heavily debated by list members, that organization never got past the discussion phase and ultimately failed in the planning stages.
Through a survey promoted in Student Leader and Florida Leader magazines, the editors gathered feedback from more than 225 Student Government leaders and advisors, which helped shape the direction the organization would eventually take. This direct feedback from potential members helped the ASGA team determine which services and resources would be most useful to members.
ASGA's 100 founding members also offered constructive criticism throughout the beta-testing of the ASGA Web site, prior to ASGA's official launch on March 17, 2004. On March 9, 2005, ASGA sponsored its first SG training conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the campus of Villanova University.