USA Weightlifting Features Carissa Gump to Depa...

Carissa Gump to Depart USA Weightlifting

Dec. 13, 2016, 3:32 p.m. (ET)

Associate Executive Director for Business & Development, Carissa Gump, is departing USA Weightlifting’s National Office after nearly six years of service, USA Weightlifting announced Tuesday.

Gump, a 2008 Olympian in the sport of Weightlifting, has accepted the position of Foundation Director of the National Strength & Conditioning Association Foundation in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“Working with USA Weightlifting the past 5-and-a-half years has provided me an abundance of experience in a variety of different areas of business development,” Gump said. “I will be leaving a fantastic team of colleagues who are passionate, competent and athlete focused. I genuinely wish the organization much success and will be cheering on the athletes.”

During her tenure, Gump has made an outstanding contribution to USA Weightlifting creating the fundraising program for the organization and being one of the first NGB employees to recognize the value of social media and digital communications. Over time, she has been responsible for sponsorship, marketing, events, media, fundraising and most recently adding membership to her portfolio.

“The loss of Carissa will be felt far and wide across our NGB, she has been a cornerstone of our national office for nearly 6 years,” USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews said. “Her unique perspective as someone who has been an elite athlete and lived through the growth of our national operation. She leaves us with some holes to fill, but we look forward to serving Carissa as a life member and Olympian in the future.”

Gump’s final day at USA Weightlifting is December 28, 2016.

Away from the office, Gump is an American Record holder, National Champion, American Open Champion, Pan American Champion, Pan American Games athlete, Olympic Training Center Resident athlete and World Team member. She spent time working for the United States Olympic Committee before joining USA Weightlifting.

“I have been surrounded by the weightlifting family since the age of 12 and have so much I am grateful for including meeting my husband of 10-and-a-half years. USA Weightlifting developed me into an Olympian, but also as a professional. For this I am truly thankful,” Gump said.