USA Swimming, the national governing body for the sport of swimming in the United States, announced that its Foundation, the USA Swimming Foundation, began the new year with six new members on its Board of Directors. As part of the Foundation’s continued revitalization, the new representatives were vetted through a nomination committee and chosen for their unique expertise in philanthropy.
Among the new board members is Ridgefield resident Jill Bornstein. USA Swimming writes, "Jill Bornstein brings a breadth of experience in board leadership and governance from her 27-year career, including a previous post as a Vice President of Finance at GE Capital. Bornstein is the Co-Founder and CFO of Inspiring Comfort. She has also been an active volunteer in the swimming community with various posts within her local Ridgefield Aquatic Club, as well as served as an official in the Connecticut Local Swimming Committee (LSC)."
“We are thrilled to welcome these passionate professionals to the USA Swimming Foundation Board of Directors,” USA Swimming Chief Commercial Officer Shana Ferguson said. “Under our newly instituted bylaws, we’ve added individuals with rich philanthropic experience who understand the nonprofit space and who truly love this sport. We know these six will help us grow swimming beyond our current capabilities, and we cannot wait to dive in with this talented group.”
Each of the six newest members will serve a three-year term through December 2022. Current board members Bill Maxson, Board Secretary Dave Wiederecht, and Olympian Maya (DiRado) Andrews were renewed to their board posts for an additional three years through December 2022. Board Chair Cecil Gordon, Shackley and Olympian Elizabeth Beisel will continue in their current roles through the end of December 2020.
The USA Swimming Foundation works to strengthen the sport of swimming by saving lives and building champions. Whether giving grants to programs that offer free or reduced-cost swim lessons or financial support to athletes on the U.S. National Team, the USA Swimming Foundation aims to provide the experience of swimming to kids at all levels across the country. In addition to the Board of Directors, leadership in the Foundation is provided through a 16-member Trustee Council. Members of the USA Swimming Foundation Trustee Council commit to a four-year term to support the growth and success of USA Swimming through leadership in donor cultivation and financial investment.
The USA Swimming Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming. Established in 2004, the Foundation works to strengthen the sport by saving lives and building champions— in the pool and in life. Whether we’re equipping our children with the life-saving skill of learn-to-swim through our Make a Splash initiative or providing financial support to our heroes on the U.S. National Team, the USA Swimming Foundation aims to provide the wonderful experience of swimming to kids at all levels across the country. To learn more, visit www.usaswimmingfoundation.org.