Steve Blank has been hired as the new Executive Director of the USA Cycling organization. Previously, Blank spent 12 years with the Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit aimed at promoting environmentalism and sustainability in southern California. He has also worked with numerous other foundations to support conservation and healthy environments. Blank’s experience and enthusiasm brings a lot to USA Cycling as the organization returns to a grassroots mission.
The USA Cycling Foundation, created by businessman Thom Weisel, is a non-profit component of the USA Cycling for U.S. National and Olympic Team athletic development. The foundation was initially created to raise funds to allow athletes to train year-round, participate in competitions, and provide for their travel needs. The organization does not receive any other federal funding, working only with private donations from companies, individuals, and other foundations.
“Steve is assuming leadership of USA Cycling’s Foundation at a pivotal time,” said Derek Bouchard-Hall, USA Cycling CEO. “We are seeking to do more for more types of riders than ever before. With a renewed emphasis on grassroots development, an expansion into enthusiast cyclists, and greater commitment to developing all forms of elite cycling, the Foundation will prove more essential than ever in supporting the development of American cycling.”
At previous nonprofits, Blank managed fundraising efforts from a variety of sources, including both individuals and corporations. He is formerly the Vice Chair of the Board of EarthShare at Surfrider as well as the chair of their Development Committee.
“I’m thrilled to join the USA Cycling Foundation. Cycling is a sport that people are deeply passionate about, and it’s our goal to connect that enthusiasm with philanthropy to support our athletes both at the elite level and throughout the development stages,” said Blank. “The recent success of our women’s athletes with the UCI Hour Record and World Championships Women’s Team Pursuit gold medal are excellent examples of our success and show that our donors are having a profound impact on U.S. athletes and teams.”