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Mori Taheripour is USAID’s senior adviser for Sport for Development. In this role, she serves as the lead U.S. Government representative for promoting sport as a unique and powerful tool in the advancement of international development goals. As the senior technical adviser for all Agency programs related to sport and development, she is responsible for the integration of sport into USAID programs around the world. To that end, Taheripour works with professional sports leagues, federations, franchises, civil society, corporations and NGOs.
Taheripour also serves as a faculty member in the Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches negotiations and dispute resolution.
At the Wharton School, Taheripour is also a co-founder of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative, a partnership among top-level business leaders, faculty and students that disseminates knowledge about the sports industry through educational programs, global forums and research. Her areas of focus include sports and social impact, and player development programs targeting professional athletes. Specifically, she has played a key role in the NFL/NFL Players Association Business Management and Entrepreneurship Program, an annual business education program for active and retired NFL players.
In 2006, after Hurricane Katrina, Taheripour served as the vice president of corporate diversity for the American Red Cross. In this position, she developed and executed a corporate-wide strategy for diversity and inclusion to ensure that the Red Cross reflected the communities it served in its people, programs, policies and services.
Taheripour has served as an independent consultant for a variety of corporate, non-profit and sports organizations. Clients include Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Goldman Sachs Foundation, the Timberland Company, Wasserman Media Group, the NBA Players Association, and the NFL Players Association. Recognized for her expertise in negotiation, global sports philanthropy, athlete engagement, social inclusion and diversity, Taheripour has been a featured speaker and moderator at numerous conferences around the world. She was recently featured in ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary, Broke.
In 2007, 2011 and 2012, Taheripour received the William G. Whitney Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. She received a Master’s Degree in business administration from the Wharton School and a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and premedical studies from Barnard College/Columbia University.
Last updated: January 09, 2014