Board Member

Brad Snyder was appointed to the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee board of directors and began serving as an Athletes’ Advisory Council representative in January 2019.

A two-time Paralympian and seven-time medalist in Para swimming, Snyder has also served as a member of the Paralympic Advisory Committee since September 2018. A retired U.S. naval officer, he  began his professional career as an ensign before earning the assignment of an explosive ordnance disposal officer. While on his second deployment in Afghanistan, he stepped on an improvised explosive device that left him permanently blind.

Snyder returned to swimming during his rehabilitation and, a year to the date after his accident, won a gold medal at the Paralympic Games London 2012. He competed in seven events, earning two gold medals and one silver. Snyder earned four more medals – three golds and one silver – four years later at the Paralympic Games Rio 2016.

Since transitioning to a career in Para swimming, he has also served as a trusted advisor and advocate for diversity and inclusion and enhancing accessibility standards in workplaces. He is actively involved in the Naval Academy’s Women’s Network and serves on the advisory board for the Navy Special Operations Foundation to assist service members and their families.

Snyder received a bachelor’s degree in naval architecture from the United States Naval Academy, where he serves as a part-time instructor in ethics and leadership.