US Chess Names Carol Meyer as New Executive Director

Carol Meyer brings over 20 years of non-profit sector experience

The United States Chess Federation (US Chess) is pleased to announce the selection of Carol Meyer as its new Executive Director.  The selection of Ms. Meyer was made after a nationwide search that attracted more than 100 applicants.

“US Chess is very pleased to announce Ms. Meyer’s appointment,” says Mike Hoffpauir, President of the US Chess Board of Directors.  Mike notes, “Carol’s deep expertise and years of leadership experience of 501(c)(3) organizations will greatly aid our efforts to fund an array of educational and social chess initiatives in keeping with our recent conversion to a 501(c)(3) educational organization.” Vice President Allen Priest reinforces this, emphasizing that “The educational benefits of chess to young players, and the decision-making skills it teaches everyone, cannot be overstated. US Chess supports educational and outreach programs among numerous under-represented segments of American society; sends our top junior, adult, and senior players to represent the nation in major international competitions; and continues to improve US Chess core operations and member services.”

Ms. Meyer’s resume includes an MBA with honors from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina and over 20 years of executive planning, administration, communications, and marketing experience in the non-profit sector. From 2002-2014 Carol served first as Deputy Executive Director, then Executive Director, of the Foundation for Earth Science where she quadrupled membership. Her last position was in 2014-2017 as President and CEO of The Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life Care, where she built strategic relationships with nontraditional partners and secured over $1 million in grant funding.

Carol says, “I look forward to this opportunity with US Chess. The game clearly has enriched lives across the country. My intent is to do everything I can to further chess  and grow opportunities for more adults and children to play this iconic game.”

On October 2nd Meyer will begin her transition with Jean Hoffman, the outgoing Executive Director who successfully led US Chess for four years. We are indebted to Jean’s leadership as she helped to change our organization’s culture and professionalize operations. Ms. Hoffman says, “I am committed to helping Carol get started in the best way possible. I will miss the employees of US Chess and its 90,000-plus members. To grow as a non-profit, US Chess needs Carol’s leadership. I wish her every success in her time as Executive Director.”

US Chess is the official governing body for chess players and chess supporters in the United States. Our mission is to empower people through chess one move as a time. Our vision is to enrich the lives of all persons and communities through increasing the play, study, and appreciation of the game of chess.

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