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Creating a nation unified through sports committed to racial equity and social justice.

We are a national nonprofit that educates and empowers the sports community to eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice and improve race relations.

Through partnerships and programs, we inspire leaders in sports to create positive change on matters of race and equality.

Our Impact

Explore this map to see where we are and who we've worked with to improve race relations in our country. Want to bring RISE to your community?

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Our Team

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Zoe Henriquez

Vice President, Strategic Alliances & Development

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David Schmid

Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

(646) 582-2354 Email David

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Besa Belliu

Executive Assistant and Operations Manager

(646) 767-4468 Email Besa

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Kathleen Cassino

Manager, Program Operations

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Ian Cutler

Senior Director, Program Communications & PR

(212) 634-8075 Email Ian

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Peyton Finley

Director, Program-Marketing

(646) 582-2373 Email Peyton

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Scott Koenning

Senior Director, Programs

(313) 788-7472 Email Scott

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Jerrell Price

Director, Partnerships

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Jared Shanker

Director, Communications & Digital Media

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Whitney Szmodis, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Curriculum and Programs

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RISE was founded in 2015 to harness the unifying power of sport to end racism and champion social justice.

With a coalition of major U.S. sports leagues and media outlets, athletes, educators and social justice experts, RISE engages the sports community to advance values of respect, understanding, tolerance and equality. RISE has since grown exponentially, with programming in more than 40 states, educating more than five million people and empowering nearly 500 partners across all sports. RISE's vision is bold: To create a nation unified through sports committed to racial equity and social justice.

Board of Directors

PAUL TAGLIABUE

Chair, RISE; Former Commissioner, NFL; Senior of Counsel, Covington & Burling

STEPHEN M. ROSS

Vice Chair and Founder, RISE; Chairman of the Board and Managing General Partner, Miami Dolphins

JOCELYN BENSON

Secretary of State, Michigan

GARY BETTMAN

Commissioner, NHL

Kim Davis (Designee)

PETE BEVACQUA

NBC Sports, President

MAVERICK CARTER

CEO, SpringHill Entertainment

GEORGE CASEY, JR

U.S. Army (Retired), General

JON DIAMENT

Executive Vice President, Turner Sports Ad Sales

MARK EMMERT

President, NCAA

DON GARBER

Commissioner, MLS

JoAnn Neale (Designee)

ROGER GOODELL

Commissioner, NFL

Troy Vincent (Designee)

MATT HIGGINS

President, RSE Ventures

LARRY JONES

Fox Sports Network Group, EVP

STACY TESSLER LINDAU, MD

University of Chicago, Professor of Ob/Gyn and Medicine

ROB MANFRED

Commissioner, MLB

KEVIN MARTINEZ

VP of Corporate Citizenship, ESPN

SEAN MCMANUS

Chairman, CBS Sports

MICHAEL J. MCNULTY III

USTA Chairman of the Board and President

STEVE PHELPS

NASCAR, President

Brandon Thompson (Designee)

SCOTT PIOLI

Former NFL Executive

LEE REED

NACDA Past President and Georgetown University Director of Athletics

MAX SIEGEL

CEO, USA Track & Field

Renee Washington (Designee)

ADAM SILVER

Commissioner, NBA

Kathy Behrens (Designee)

DANIEL TOWRISS

CEO, Group1001

SETH WAUGH

PGA of America, CEO

Sandy Cross (Designee)

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