March 06, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
For Immediate Release March 6, 2008 Janine Alfano Named Managing Director of Development for United States Olympic Committee COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) announced today that the organization has named Janine Alfano as Managing Director of Development. In her new role, Alfano will be responsible for directing USOC private donor fundraising activities, which include major gifts, Games-related hospitality initiatives, capital needs, planned giving and donor events. Alfano begins her duties in Colorado Springs March 10. Alfano comes to the USOC from inside the Olympic Family, bringing 12 years of fundraising experience at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) to her new post in Colorado Springs."Janine is an excellent addition to our leadership team,"said USOC Chief Executive Officer Jim Scherr."With her expertise and record of success, we are confident she will continue to serve the Olympic Movement admirably, generating opportunities for Americans to support the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams."Alfano joined USSA in February 1996 as Director of Development and was named the Vice President of Fundraising in April 2007. Her fundraising efforts for the USSA Foundation resulted in more than $6 million in annual giving. She played an instrumental role in the $60 million endowment of the"Legacy Campaign"that includes the Center of Excellence construction, a world-class training facility that serves as an educational resource for USSA's athletes, coaches, officials, clubs, parents, volunteers and stakeholders which broke ground in July 2007. She was also responsible for creating the "Champions Club" program, which provided opportunities for supporters to attend the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City and Torino as VIP guests of the team. The successful program created a significant revenue stream to fund athletic programming."This is an exciting time to join the U.S. Olympic Committee with the Beijing Games just five months away,"said Alfano."I'm looking forward to introducing fans and donors to our programs, and finding ways for them to provide additional resources for the development and advancement of America's athletes."Before joining the USSA, Alfano spent eight years at the Denver Post in the area of advertising sales. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. For more information, please contact the USOC Media and Public Relations Division (719/866-4529). This release also is available on the USOC's media-specific web site