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Women’s Sports Foundation Welcomes Four New Board of Trustees Members

The Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) is pleased to welcome four new members to its Board of Trustees, an elite group of cross-sector experts who will help guide the Foundation’s operations and mission, to unlock the possibilities of every girl and woman through the power of sport. The new Trustees include: Ralph Andretta, Bread Financial’s President and CEO who has nearly three decades of leadership experience with major financial services companies; Rosetta Ellis-Pilie, ESPN’s Vice President of Talent Development and Negotiations who worked as an attorney for the corporation for over a decade; Brenda Villa, Olympic gold medalist and one of the most decorated athletes in USA Water Polo history; and Vanessa Wallace, Nike’s Head of Marketing for the Jordan Brand North America. WSF is also pleased to announce WSF President Meghan Duggan was elected to serve a second year.

“We are delighted to welcome Ralph Andretta, Rosetta Ellis-Pilie, Brenda Villa, and Vanessa Wallace to the WSF Board of Trustees and are thrilled Meghan Duggan will continue leading as the Foundation’s President in 2023,” said WSF CEO Danette Leighton. “Each member brings a unique set of skills, perspectives and experiences to the Foundation’s Board that will help guide us forward, advance our mission, and deepen our impact as we work to provide girls and women with the tools they need to reach their full potential in sport and life.”

Andretta, Ellis-Pilie, Villa and Wallace are joining a Board known for its wide range of backgrounds, representative of the sports ecosystem and beyond. Members hail from professional sports, teams and leagues, collegiate conferences, media entities and sports broadcasting, powerhouse brands and corporate industry, and academia. This seasoned group of Trustees join in a shared passion and drive for advancing girls and women in sports, to realize the life-long benefits that come with sport participation.

“I am truly honored to extend my tenure as WSF President and look forward to continuing our work to reach true equity in sport,” said Duggan. “As we usher in the new year introducing our new Trustees, the major milestone of 2022 – 50th anniversary of Title IX – remains high on our radar. Together, we will continue to protect and progress this landmark law to ensure its full promise becomes a reality for All girls. All women. All sports.® 

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Jerry Milani is a writer and public relations executive living in Bloomfield, N.J. He has worked in P.R. for more than 30 years in college and conference sports media relations, two agencies and for the International Fight League, a team-based mixed martial arts league, and as a freelance professional. His PR clients have included Wizard World and FAN EXPO, which produce pop culture and celebrity conventions across North America, USA Wrestling, the National Lacrosse League, Strat-O-Matic Media, the Pacific Life Open and Pilot Pen Tennis tournaments and dozens of others. Milani is also the director of athletic communications for Caldwell University. He is a proud graduate of North Rockland High School and Fordham University and when not attending a Yankees, Rams or Cougars game can be reached at Jerry (at) JerryMilani (dot) com.

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