Chief Executive Officer

Sarah Hirshland began her term as chief executive officer of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee in August 2018. As CEO, Hirshland oversees the USOPC in its stewardship as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States, while leading the organization in delivering on its mission to empower Team USA athletes to achieve competitive excellence and inspire Americans.

Since joining the USOPC, Hirshland has overseen the most significant governance reform in two decades, codifying the organization’s commitment to holistic athlete wellness – including athlete safety and expansion of medical and mental health offerings – while increasing athlete representation and opportunities across the Olympic and Paralympic movements.

n addition, the USOPC has improved National Governing Body alignment on high-performance programming and athlete safety standards, while taking steps to mandate parity and raise awareness for Paralympic athletes and competition. This includes formally changing the organization’s name in 2019 to be inclusive of Paralympic. 

She also serves as a member of the IOC Olympic Programme Commission and president of the Panam Sports Marketing and TV Commission.

Prior to her role at the USOPC, she served as the chief commercial officer for the United States Golf Association after working as the senior managing director for business affairs for USGA. Hirshland was responsible for the company’s global media and content distribution, corporate partnerships, merchandise and licensing, marketing, communications, community outreach and Golfer Handicap Information Network. Among her accomplishments at the USGA, she established a centralized marketing function, transformed relationships and service offerings with the Allied Golf Associations, oversaw media rights negotiations, secured and managed global partnerships and guided the transformation of tournament management software services.

Prior to joining the USGA in 2011, she was senior vice president for strategic business development at Wasserman Media Group (now Wasserman). She also previously worked in Wasserman’s consulting division, leading the development of sports marketing strategies for clients such as American Express, Nationwide, Nokia, Scotts and Wachovia. In addition, Hirshland has served in key executive positions with sports and entertainment firm OnSport, and sports news and technology company Total Sports.

Hirshland is a graduate of Duke University. She and her husband reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and have three adult children.