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USATF’s Washington named a 2017 Game Changer

INDIANAPOLIS — USA Track & Field Chief Operating Officer Renee Chube Washington has been named a 2017 Game Changer by Sports Business Journal, as a female executive making a difference in the business of sport.
Each year, SBJ honors an elite group of women who have brought new approaches and ideas to sports business, who have been out front on significant projects and programs, and who are making critical decisions that help shape companies and organizations for the future.
Washington began her career at USATF in 2012 as COO and has played a critical role in the organization’s success, including budgetary growth from $23M in 2012 to more than $37M in 2017, a 46 percent increase in membership, and enhanced and improved constituent services. Success on the field of play has accompanied the business success: Team USATF athletes won a record 30 medals at the 2017 IAAF World Championships August 2-13 in London.
“I am honored to be named a Game Changer,” Washington said. “The evolution of our business has helped foster increasing support for our athletes and all of our programs. Being part of the change agency at USATF has been exhilarating, challenging and, ultimately, rewarding.”
“Renee could not be more deserving of this honor,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “She has played the biggest role among our executive staff in the positive change that we have achieved at USATF in the last five years, from record revenues to remaking our corporate culture, improving constituent relations, realizing greater operational efficiencies and strengthening our financial controls.”
After graduating Georgetown University Law, Washington began her professional career at the United States Department of Labor, serving on the Benefits Review Board as an attorney. She quickly moved up the ranks to Deputy Associate General Counsel and Acting Associate General Counsel. After moving to Indiana, Washington worked for the State of Indiana, Office of the Attorney General and later served as the Contracts Director for CICOA, a private, nonprofit agency for the aged. Throughout her career, Washington became an expert in business affairs, contract negotiations, compliance issues and the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining USA Track & Field, Washington served as a Contracts Manager at Northrop Grumman Information Technology, Inc. She is an active member of the Indianapolis community, volunteering for a wide variety of organizations and causes, including the Junior League of Indianapolis and The Links, Inc.
Washington will be featured with the other 34 women in the Sept. 11 issue of Sports Business Journal. They also will be celebrated on Thursday, Sept. 14, in New York at the annual Game Changers: Women in Sports Business conference. A full list of honorees is below:
Jean Afterman, New York Yankees                    
Christina Alejandre, League                              
Kenyatta Bynoe, Spalding                                 
Katie Bynum, U.S. Golf Association                   
Danielle Cantor, FAME                                       
Jennifer Cohen, University of Washington         
Kirsten Corio, U.S. Tennis Association              
Sarah Cummins, New York Road Runners        
Ayala Deutsch, NBA                                          
Kim Fields, NFL                                                  
Laura Froelich, Twitter                                      
Libby Geist, ESPN   
Hannah Gordon, San Francisco 49ers              
Shauna Griffiths, LeadDog Marketing               
Catie Griggs, Futures Sport + Entertainment     
Amy Howe, Ticketmaster North America at Live Nation Entertainment
Allison Keller, PGA Tour
Morane Kerek, U.S. Olympic Committee
Gina Lehe, College Football Playoff
Lauren Cooks Levitan, Fanatics
Adrienne Lofton, Under Armour
Jodi Logsdon, CBS Sports
Beth McClinton, Creative Artists Agency
Stephanie McMahon, WWE
Samita Mannapperuma, NBC Sports                                   
Marisabel Muñoz, MLS
Erika Nardini, Barstool Sports
Elizabeth O’Brien, IBM
Nzinga Shaw, Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena
Renata Simril, LA84 Foundation
Shauna Smith, Aquarius Sports and Group Entertainment
Keisha Taylor, Learfield
Renee Tirado, MLB
Renee Washington, USA Track & Field
Lynn White, NHL

Jill Geer
Chief Public Affairs Officer
USA Track & Field

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