Mary McCagg was appointed to the restructured United States Olympic Committee board of directors and began serving as an Athletes’ Advisory Council director in July 2004.
McCagg was the USOC Athletes’ Advisory Council vice chair from 2000-04 and was an AAC member for the sport of rowing from 1996-2000. In 2000, she began serving on the USOC’s board of directors and was one of five athlete representatives on the USOC Executive Committee. She has been a member of the newly constituted board since its inception in 2004, and was a member of the USRowing board of directors from 1996-2000.
McCagg has been with Candlewick Press in Cambridge, Mass., since 1999, and currently works as the director of licensing, key property development and propriety sales. Previously, McCagg was assistant to the publisher at Dutton Children’s Books, New York (1998-99); production manager for Retail Bank Merchandising, Cambridge (1992-94 and 1996-98); and fundraiser and marketing coordinator for the Chattanooga Rowing Club (1994-96).
McCagg has also served as an athlete spokesperson for Champion International Corporation (1993-97), and, in conjunction with the Charles River Regatta Trust in Boston, established YO! ROW!, an urban outreach program that unites elite athletes and inner-city youth to teach diversity, self-reliance and teamwork.
A 1989 cum laude graduate of Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, McCagg competed in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games, rowing in the women’s eight and reaching the finals both times. A member of the U.S. National Rowing Team from 1989-97, McCagg is an 11-time national champion, three-time world medalist – including a gold at the 1995 World Championships in Tampere, Finland – and a 1995 Pan American Games gold medalist.
McCagg was one of four USOC athlete service coordinators for the 2000 Olympic Games and was an assistant chef de mission for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team.
McCagg resides in Cambridge, Mass.