North Stonington, CT, January 25, 2019 -- The National Rowing Foundation (NRF) today announced that Executive Director Mara Keggi Ford will step down, effective February 1. Associate Director Tracy Brown will serve as Interim Executive Director after her departure.
During her nine years at the NRF, Ford has overseen significant growth of the organization's activity level, donor base and fundraising totals. "Making this decision to step aside now was incredibly difficult, but I feel that my work here has positioned the organization to launch into a new level of engagement with our USA athletes and the donors that support our National Team. The NRF is strong and vibrant, and I leave knowing the organization is in great hands with our talented and engaged Board and staff. I look forward to staying involved with the NRF as a National Team/Olympian alumna," said Ford.
"The Board is thankful for Mara's many years of service and leadership," said NRF Co-Chair Marcia Hooper. "We understand and support Mara's decision and are grateful for her many accomplishments. I am confident that working with Tracy Brown, as our Interim Executive Director, alongside the NRF leadership team and the Board, that the NRF will enjoy continued success in the future."
"I know that I speak for many when I say that Mara will truly be missed. Her tireless work on behalf of our National Team made a difference for nearly a decade of athletes and her contributions will carry the organization into the future," said Co-chair Jamie Koven.