The United States Tennis Association today announced that Ginny Ehrlich, an accomplished and successful leader of charitable organizations in the sports, youth, and education space, has been named Chief Executive Officer of the USTA Foundation. Ehrlich will report to the USTA’s Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel Andrea Hirsch.
In her position, Ehrlich will lead all aspects of the USTA Foundation, which uses the sport of tennis as a vehicle to help under-resourced youth become more engaged in school and learning with the goal of succeeding in tennis and in life. The USTA Foundation supports programs nationwide that leverage tennis and education to help those in need, primarily through the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network. The NJTL network features more than 270 chapters that reach over 130,000 youth on an annual basis, providing free or low-cost tennis and education programming to the 50 largest markets in the U.S.
Ehrlich will be responsible for the strategic vision, financial planning, delivery, operations, staff supervision, and board development of the USTA Foundation, with the goal of maximizing and enhancing the programming and fundraising efforts necessary to achieve the Foundation’s mission. She will work across the entire organization to build a culture of philanthropy within the USTA and the tennis community at large.
“The USTA Foundation makes a profound impact on so many individuals throughout this country, bringing them the opportunity to pick up a racquet and enjoy this amazing sport, while at the same time enriching their lives through education and life lessons,” said Hirsch. “Ginny’s experience and expertise will help to ensure that the USTA Foundation is in the best position to cultivate and deliver the resources needed to continue the impact the Foundation has on thousands of young people, delivering the numerous health and wellness benefits of tennis to communities throughout this country.”
“Ginny's remarkable combination of skills, extensive experience, and unwavering dedication make her the perfect fit for our next CEO,” said Kathleen Wu, USTA Foundation Board President. “We have complete confidence that she is the ideal leader for this pivotal moment, and we eagerly anticipate the impactful work she will undertake."
“I am beyond excited to join the USTA Foundation team,” said Ehrlich. “I believe that tennis is a powerful vehicle for supporting youth from under-resourced communities to reach their fullest potential – on and off the court. As someone who started playing tennis at an NJTL chapter, I have seen the impact of the USTA Foundation in action and cannot wait to lead its accelerated growth and impact in the coming years.”
Prior to joining the USTA Foundation, Ehrlich served as the Chief Revenue Officer of the United States Soccer Foundation. In this role, she led the strategy and execution of a multi-year fundraising plan to support the Foundation’s youth development programs. In the first two years, she exceeded all financial goals set for the organization. She also served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a national leader in childhood obesity prevention, and held executive-level positions at a number of nationally-recognized non-profits including Power to Decide, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Clinton Foundation.
Ehrlich holds a Doctorate of Education in Education Leadership from the University of Oregon. She also received her B.A. and a Master of Science in Special Education from Oregon. She was awarded a Master of Public Health degree by Boston University.