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Sports Working Group Members

The goal of the Sports Working Group is to marshal the unifying principles and influence of sport to counter hate speech, while advocating for respect, inclusion, and hate-free communities.

About Our Members

The UN & Eradicate Hate Global Summit Sports Working Group includes a multitude of sport leagues from around the globe and its membership will continue to expand. Some of the key members of the Sports Working Group include:

Co-Chairs

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Laura Ellsworth

Laura Ellsworth

Co-Board Chair, Eradicate Hate Global Summit; Partner-in-Charge of Global Community Service Initiatives, Jones Day

Laura Ellsworth is a partner at Jones Day, which has more than 2500 lawyers in 43 offices on 5 continents. Having served as the Partner-in-Charge of the Pittsburgh Office for over a decade, she then became Jones Day’s first... Read More

Michele Rosenthal

Michele Rosenthal

Board of Directors Member, Eradicate Hate Global Summit; Principal, Michele Rosenthal Consulting

Michele Rosenthal is the principal in Michele Rosenthal Consulting, a consulting firm representing local public figures, including Brett Keisel. Prior to launching her firm, Rosenthal spent ten years as the Community Relations Manager for the Pittsburgh Steelers and, before... Read More

Members

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Kevin Acklin

President of Business Operations, Pittsburgh Penguins

Billy Bean

Senior Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, MLB

Irfan Chaudhry

Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Hockey Canada

Simona Cruciani

Senior Political Affairs Officer, United Nations

Zineb Curran

Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, Boston Red Sox, Fenway Sports Group

David Friedman

Executive Vice President, Legal and Government Affairs/Chief Compliance Officer, Boston Red Sox

Gretchen Geitter

VP of Community Relations, Buffalo Bills; President, Buffalo Bills Foundation

Jan Greenberg Mirman

Vice President of Social Responsibility, Major League Soccer

Blayre Holmes Davis

Director of Community Relations, Pittsburgh Steelers

Anna Isaacson

Senior Vice President, Social Responsibility, National Football League (NFL)

Rishi Jain

Director of Impact, Liverpool Football Club

Christie Joseph

Senior Vice President of People and Business Administration, Pegula Sports and Entertainment, LLC

Rich Jureller

Vice President of Community Relations, Buffalo Sabres; President, Buffalo Sabres Foundation

Michael Lara

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Manager, Boston Red Sox & Fenway Sports Management

Debora Leher

Vice President of Brand and Marketing, Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

Tracey McCants Lewis

Chief People Officer and General Counsel, Pittsburgh Penguins

Sarah McKenna

Senior Vice President, Fan Services & Entertainment, Boston Red Sox

Christopher Morrison

Partner, Jones Day

Delvina Lorraine Morrow

Vice President of Community Affairs and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), Pittsburgh Penguins

Matthew Mullen

Head of Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination, FWC26, FIFA

Alice Wairimu Nderitu

Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, United Nations

Eric Nyquist

Chief Communications & Impact Officer, NASCAR

Joe Parsons

Partner, Jones Day

Nayli Russo-Long

Vice President of People & Strategy, Pittsburgh Pirates

Clara Schwartz

Director of Partnerships and Strategy, Foundation to Combat Antisemitism (FCAS)

Jacque Skowvron

Executive Director of Pirates Charities and Community Engagement, Pittsburgh Pirates

Rebekah Splaine Salwasser

Executive Vice President, Social Impact, Boston Red Sox; Executive Director, Boston Red Sox Foundation

Pete Stuart

Managing Director, Impact Strategy & Development, NASCAR

Benjamin Verney

Senior Counsel, CNX Resources Corp.

Raymond Anthony Whitfield

5/14 Survivor; ; President, PURSUIT of tRUTH

Travis Williams

Rob Wooley

Senior Director of Legislative Affairs, Public Policy & Partnership Development, National Hockey League (NHL)