Shellie Y. PfohlPresident & CEO, U.S. Center for SafeSport
Shellie Pfohl is President and Chief Executive Officer of the United States Center for SafeSport. The Center is the first national nonprofit dedicated to preserving the safety and well-being of athletes by preventing emotional, physical and sexual abuse in sports. The Center works collaboratively with sports organizations to ensure a culture of safety and respect through awareness, best practices, education and training.
Previously, Shellie was appointed by President Barack Obama as Executive Director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (2010-2016). She was responsible for developing the vision, strategy and goals of the Council and directing the organization’s daily operations. In addition, Shellie led the Council’s efforts to support First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to solve the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation.
Shellie has served as Senior Vice President for a fitness technology company where she created strategic partnerships with state, national and international organizations and corporations to provide health and physical education resources for schools and community organizations.
Shellie also co-founded and served as executive director of Be Active North Carolina, a non-profit organization that worked statewide to increase physical activity among North Carolina citizens. While in North Carolina she also served as executive director of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Health (1990 -1998). Shellie also served as Assistant Director of the National Association of Governor’s Councils on Physical Fitness and Sports (1986 -1988) where she planned and implemented the first International Conference on Physical Fitness and Nutrition.
Shellie is a native of Dubuque, Iowa and received her bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology/Fitness Leadership from Northern Illinois University. She earned a certification in Non-Profit Management from Duke University and is a graduate of Leadership North Carolina Class XIII. Most recently, Shellie completed the Women in Sports and Events Executive Leadership Institute at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.