Eve Wright '96 Elected to USA Track & Field Board

Eve Wright '96 Elected to USA Track & Field Board

January 23, 2012

Eve Wright, vice president and associate general counsel for the National Basketball Association's Miami Heat and 1996 graduate of DePauw University, has been elected to the board of directors of USA Track & Field.  The organization is the national governing body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States.

USATF also added athlete and activist Jackie Joyner-Kersee and network television executive Mickey Carter to its board today.

"With Jackie, Eve and Mickey, we are bringing aboard three individuals who have achieved the highest levels of professional accomplishment in sport and in corporate America," says chairman and president Stephanie Hightower. "They all fit the profile of what any organization would want in their board members: successful, accomplished, and with insight from many areas that will add texture and depth to our leadership."

In her role with the Heat, Wright "negotiates and drafts marketing and sponsorship agreements with companies ranging from Comcast to American Airlines, Verizon, Pepsi, Anheuser-Busch, United Healthcare, Sony and countless others," notes today's announcement. "She also negotiates media rights as well as agreements for staging concerts in the AmericanAirlines Arena. She previously was senior director of business affairs at the LPGA, where among other duties she handled marketing opportunities, contracts and governance issues. A graduate of DePauw University and the University of Indiana School of Law, Wright has been recognized among the National Bar Association’s 40 Under 40 Best Advocates and has received the Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Young Leader Award."

Read more here.

An economics major at DePauw, Wright has served her alma mater as a member of the Alumni Board. She's also the subject of this previous article.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee delivered the commencement address to DePauw's Class of 2000.  A summary of her remarks is available here.