Debbie Hesse joined the USA Swimming Foundation in November 2010, bringing 25 years of aquatic sports experience in fundraising, marketing, strategic planning, public relations, non-profit management and volunteer leadership.
Over the past four years, Hesse has led efforts to strengthen the infrastructure of the USA Swimming Foundation, allowing the organization to provide a full range of fundraising programs to identify and attract the broadest possible base of support for the Foundation’s projects and programs. She has re-articulated the mission of the USA Swimming Foundation, and led strategic planning efforts to ensure that the Foundation is effectively working toward achieving its aggressive goals.
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 32 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 been recognized as one of Indianapolis “40 Under 40” honorees, and currently serves on the United States Olympic Committee’s Olympic Assembly Committee and USOC’s Fundraising Task Force.
Hesse lives in Colorado Springs, CO, with her two daughters Gabriella and Hannah.