Chief Development Officer, U.S. Olympic Committee
President, U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation
Jon Denney assumed the role of chief development officer for the United States Olympic Committee and president of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation on Sept. 1, 2013. Denney oversees the USOC’s fundraising initiatives as well as the organization’s alumni activities in conjunction with the U.S. Olympians and Paralympians Association. As president of the USOPF, he works closely with the foundation’s board members and trustees to enhance the profile and philanthropic efforts of the USOC.
Prior to his work at the USOC, Denney served as the senior associate vice president for development at Stanford University, where he spent 11 years in various capacities for the Office of Development. While helping lead the university’s fundraising efforts, he played an active role with Stanford’s leadership volunteers and staff to achieve record fundraising results during The Stanford Challenge and the Campaign for Undergraduate Education.
Denney also held an 11-year stint in Stanford’s athletic department, serving as associate athletic director for external relations (1995-99), assistant athletic director for development (1992-95), director of annual giving (1989-92) and assistant director of annual giving (1988-89). While in San Carlos, California, he also served as vice president for both the San Carlos Education Foundation and National Annual Giving Directors’ Consortium.
Following his departure from Stanford’s athletic department in 1999, Denney became the director of business development and general manager of group sales at Fogdog Sports, a sporting goods e-commerce company. He was then hired as vice president to help jump-start Inworks, an early-stage subsidiary of Commonfund, the largest institutional investment firm serving the nonprofit community.
Denney graduated in 1986 from Stanford, where he received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and was co-captain of the 1985 NCAA championship swimming team. He also participated in the 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic Trials for Swimming.