The National Rowing Foundation writes on its website about the organisation’s new director, Mara Keggi Ford:
Mara Ford has been named Associate Director of the National Rowing Foundation, NRF. Ford, from Middlebury, Connecticut, will be responsible for the management of the foundation’s fundraising administration, marketing initiatives and event planning and execution. Ford has previously worked with the NRF as the Director of Operations and an Event Marketing Consultant.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to increase my responsibilities with the National Rowing Foundation”, said Ford. “It is a true privilege to work each day to support our National Rowing Teams. With the beginning of the Rio Olympic Quadrennial, the NRF is committed to increasing our support in an effort to put more US crews on the awards dock in Rio.”
Ford’s experience in the world of rowing includes her personal rowing career and her professional career. She rowed at the University of Wisconsin, and upon graduation went on to become a member of the U.S. National Rowing Team, a 1988 Olympian and finalist in the Women’s Pair. Ford returned to rowing in a professional role, as the Competition Manager for Rowing at the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Ford’s success in Atlanta earned her the Federation Internationale des Societes d’Aviron (FISA) Medal of Honor for running the best Olympic Rowing Regatta.
“The NRF is fortunate to have Mara Ford’s strong abilities and energy helping us achieve our 2013 fundraising goal. Her promotion to Associate Director is well deserved for all her work for the London 2012 Olympics. As an Olympian and former National team member she knows first-hand how important the work the NRF is to meeting the needs of our National Team athletes.”, said Co-Chairs Marcia Hooper and Jamie Koven.
The National Rowing Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to raising funds to support the U. S. National Rowing Teams. Founded in 1966, the NRF has been supporting Olympic athletes for more than four decades. The funds raised support year round training, development, competition and preservation of rowing history through the Hall of Fame and Rowing Museum.