Special Olympics is led by a senior management team with broad corporate and nonprofit experience. Seven regional offices around the world are headed up by managing directors who support the ongoing growth and development of programs in their regions. In addition, Special Olympics has a Global Athlete Leadership Council which features an Athlete Leader from each of the seven regions and provides feedback, guidance, and ideas to the Special Olympics International Board of Directors and Leadership Team.
Global Leadership Team
Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Chief of Staff to the Office of the Chairman
Regional Presidents and Managing Directors
Global Athlete Leadership Council
The Founder’s Council
In 2018, as part of the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics, The Founder’s Council was established to strengthen the role that the descendants of Eunice Kennedy Shriver play in promoting the importance of Special Olympics, its impact, and ensuring the future success of the Special Olympics movement. The Founder’s Council is composed of not fewer than three and not more than nine direct descendants of Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Their primary role is to participate in and advocate on behalf of the organization’s mission and Special Olympics athletes worldwide in order to use their voices to press for a stronger and more impactful movement.