USATF COO Renee Chube Washington Named A 2017 ‘Game Changer In Sports’

USATF COO Renee Chube Washington Named A 2017 ‘Game Changer In Sports’


USA Track & Field Chief Operating Officer Renee Chube Washington was named a 2017 Game Changer by Sports Business Journal, as a female executive making a difference in the business of sport.

Ms. Washington was celebrated by her colleagues at a special event hosted by USA Track & Field in New York City.   (l-r) Donald Woodard, USATF Deputy General Counsel, Stephanie Hightower, USATF President & Max Siegel, USATF CEO.

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.”

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About the honoree…
After graduating Georgetown University Law, Ms. 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.

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