Athlete Ombudsman

Kacie Wallace was named the Athlete Ombudsman for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee in January 2015. In this role, Wallace serves as an independent adviser to athletes regarding their rights and responsibilities under national and international rules in the Olympic and Paralympic movements. She also works with athletes to help resolve disputes and as a liaison between athletes, National Governing Bodies, the USOPC and other stakeholders. Her background is in law, law enforcement, mediation, art and sport.

Prior to her full-time role in Colorado Springs, Wallace consulted with the USOPC and mediated cases involving athlete disputes since 2005, and served as the Athlete Ombudsman at the Paralympic Games in London and Sochi.

Wallace spent the previous decade teaching negotiation, mediation and international conflict management at Duke University, the University of North Carolina and through Rotary International. She also taught courses at Duke University that examined global conflict through the lens of documentary film and how film can be used as a persuasion tool. She partnered with experts in the video gaming industry and won a $250,000 digital innovation award from the MacArthur Foundation to build virtual training environments for NGOs, governments and other agencies to simulate coordination efforts necessary to address relief needs following large scale natural disasters. She also has designed exhibits for a children’s museum and taught art therapy in a state psychiatric institute.

Wallace received a bachelor’s degree in art-design from Duke University, a law degree from North Carolina Central University, a master of law in dispute resolution from Pepperdine University, and a certificate in documentary studies from Duke University. She was a swimmer in college, has competed in international open water competitions, and now competes in long distance races for the YOLOboard standup paddle team.