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USAV Board Strategizes for the Future

USAV Board Strategizes for the Future

The USA Volleyball Board of Directors recently held a productive meeting to strategize for the organization’s future. The board members, including new CEO Jamie Davis, gathered in Colorado Springs, Colorado for a 1.5-day strategic planning session. This meeting was focused on preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic quadrennial.

Welcoming a New CEO

During the board meeting and planning session, USAV Board Chair Lori Okimura introduced Jamie Davis to the leadership team. Davis, who was hired on January 3, 2017, brings fresh perspectives from outside the volleyball world. Okimura expressed full support for Davis and his plans to lead USA Volleyball in a new direction.

A Time of Change and Opportunity

Okimura highlighted the significance of this moment in USA Volleyball’s history, emphasizing that Davis has hit the ground running and brought renewed energy to the organization. Davis is committed to making necessary changes to enable further growth and capitalize on the success USA Volleyball has achieved over the years. The goal is to maximize opportunities for financial growth, which can then be reinvested into programs and personnel.

Engaging the Leadership

The strategic planning session involved leaders from all positions within USA Volleyball. Athletes, staff members, and representatives from Regional Volleyball Associations all contributed to the four-year plan. The focus was on creating new opportunities to strengthen the business model, supporting the national team athletes, and increasing membership and participation.

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Key Insights from Guests

Several guests were invited to the board meeting to share insights and trends impacting USA Volleyball. Peter Diamond, NBC Olympics executive vice president of programming, discussed the success of Rio 2016 Olympic Games programming and ratings for beach and indoor volleyball. Chester Wheeler, USOC senior director of NGB marketing & business development, provided updates on the launch of the Olympic Channel. Additionally, Melissa Dawson-Ricketts, president of Molten USA, discussed charitable initiatives and partnerships with USA Volleyball.

Prioritizing SafeSport

The board continued to prioritize SafeSport, actively participating in the evolution of SafeSport on a national level among Olympic and Paralympic sport governing bodies. The board welcomed the new U.S. Center for SafeSport CEO Shelly Pfoal and heard updates from COO Malia Arrington. The U.S. Center for SafeSport is expected to be fully operational by February 28, 2017.

New Leadership for Athlete Advisory Council

The board elected Tamari Miyashiro, a 2012 Olympic Games silver medalist, as the volleyball representative for the USOC Athlete Advisory Council. She will be supported by Chris Seilkop, a member of the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Men’s Sitting Volleyball Team. Katie Holloway, a three-time Paralympic medalist and 2016 Paralympic Games gold medalist, was elected as vice chair of the AAC’s leadership.

Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

The board approved the creation of a new Diversity Committee, led by independent director Kenneth Shropshire. This committee will address diversity and inclusion in beach, indoor, and sitting volleyball. Jason Thompson, the USOC’s diversity and inclusion director, will also serve on the committee.

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Looking Ahead

In 2017, the USAV Board will hold elections for several positions, including Indoor Male Athlete Director, Coach Director, Beach/Indoor High Performance Director, Beach Development Director, and Independent Director. Additionally, the USA Volleyball Foundation will undergo redefinition with the help of a joint task force.

Delegates for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Quad

Five individuals from the United States will serve as delegates on International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) commissions for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic quad. These individuals include Peter Diamond, Karch Kiraly, Lori Okimura, Pat Powers, and Kerri Walsh Jennings.


Q: What was the purpose of the strategic planning session?
A: The session was focused on preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic quadrennial and charting the future direction of USA Volleyball.

Q: Who is the new CEO of USA Volleyball?
A: The new CEO of USA Volleyball is Jamie Davis, who brings fresh perspectives and a new direction to the organization.

Q: What is the focus of the board’s plans for the future?
A: The board aims to maximize opportunities for financial growth, reinvesting the revenue into programs and personnel. They also focus on supporting national team athletes and increasing membership and participation.


The USA Volleyball Board of Directors’ meeting and strategic planning session were important steps towards shaping the future of the organization. With a new CEO at the helm and a strong focus on growth and success, USA Volleyball is well-positioned to continue making a significant impact in the world of volleyball.

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