Debbie Hesse, Executive Director
Debbie Hesse joined the USA Swimming Foundation in November 2010, and has more than 30 years of aquatic sports experience in fundraising, marketing, strategic planning, public relations, non-profit management and volunteer leadership.
Through Hesse’s leadership, revenues for the Foundation have increased on average 15% annually. Hesse has positioned the Foundation to be successful in achieving its aggressive fundraising objectives, and programming goals of teaching kids to swim and supporting the National Team.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Debbie was President/CEO of USA Diving, the national governing body for that sport. During her tenure, she presided over a membership increase of 39 percent, and laid the foundation for a strong and successful U.S. diving program. In 2012, the U.S. Olympic Diving Team garnered four medals at the Olympic Games, after failing to earn medals in either of their two previous Olympic efforts.
Hesse's Olympic experience also includes serving as Executive Director of USA Synchronized Swimming, where she increased the annual budget by more than 250% in seven years, driven primarily by dramatic corporate partner revenue growth.
After beginning her career at Procter & Gamble, Hesse went on to serve in several different roles within the aquatic industry. Hesse has also served as President/CEO of Special Olympics Indiana.
Hesse received a B.A. in Business and Marketing from Texas A&M University, where she served as co-captain of the swim team. She has a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from the IU School of Philanthropy. She has been recognized as one of Indianapolis “40 Under 40” honorees, and currently serves on the United States Olympic Committee’s Olympic Assembly Committee, the USOC’s Foundation's Leadership Committee and is the Executive Champion of USOC's Women'sNET Mentor Group for NGB and Olympic Committee staff
Hesse lives in Colorado Springs, CO, with her two daughters Gabriella and Hannah.
In her duties as Executive Director, Debbie:
- Oversee day-to-day Foundation activities to advance the Foundation’s mission and objectives
- Serve as national spokesperson for Foundation
- Lead and manage Foundation staff and fundraising efforts
- Create and implement strategic plan for Foundation and Make a Splash
- Coordinate Foundation’s programs, including Make a Splash, Swim-a-Thon™ and Golden Goggles.