Marcia Hooper – New Chair of Board of Directors of USRowing

21 March 2017

Marcia Hooper. Photo from Twitter.

On 19 March, the USRowing Board of Directors elected Marcia Hooper as the new Chair of the Board. In a statement, Marcia Hooper, who joined the USRowing Board of Directors earlier this month, said in an interview published on USRowing’s website:

‘I am honored to assume the role of Chair of the USRowing Board of Directors. I am excited to be working alongside such a dedicated board. Their commitment to the sport of rowing and to providing opportunities for excellence, at every level for every athlete, is commendable. I am also looking forward to working with and learning from the USRowing staff, all our volunteers and our many stakeholders.’ Hooper continued: ‘We will strive over this quadrennial to broaden and enrich our domestic rowing programs as well as provide the resources needed for our national teams to succeed.’

In the mid-1970s, Hooper co-founded the women’s rowing programme at Brown University, and since 2012 she has served as co-chair of the National Rowing Foundation (NRF), a support organisation to USRowing. Hooper also serves as a managing director and board member of the Head of the Charles Regatta, the largest two-day regatta in the world.

In civilian life, Hooper is President of HooperLewis, LLC, an entrepreneurial consulting and angel investing firm and serves as senior advisor to Bowside Capital, a private equity firm. She is a member of Cambridge Boat Club in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In a comment to the election of Marcia Hooper as Chair of the USRowing Board of Directors, Meghan O’Leary, who had acted as Interim Board Chair, said:

‘I couldn’t be more excited about the future of USRowing with Marcia as our new chair and I look forward to continuing in my role as the Female Athlete Representative on the Board and focusing on my training for the 2017 World Championships.’

A list of USRowing’s Board of Directors is here.

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