John was recently named the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation. WTEF blends two of John’s passions: tennis and education. John began playing tennis nearly 30 years ago and upon graduating from college, John spent two years teaching in the School District of Philadelphia, working as both a substitute and assistant teacher. After completing law school, John returned to tennis working at the Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC) in College Park, MD. John held many roles there, including Director of Tennis and General Manager. At JTCC, John introduced thousands of Junior and Adult players to tennis, helping to design the junior development pathway as well as an adult beginner tennis program that introduced 2000 new people to tennis in 4 years. John was responsible for record growth at JTCC, oversaw significant improvements to the campus, and trained scores of young professionals on both teaching and the business of tennis.
With over 15 years of experience, John is currently the youngest member of the Professional Tennis Registry Board of Directors, played his collegiate tennis at Villanova University and has a Juris Doctor from the Howard University School of Law. He is a life-long athlete, proven leader, and innovator, is a recognized speaker on growing the sport of tennis and other relevant industry topics.
Leah Friedman brings a deep well of professional experience to WTEF and an unmatched commitment to transforming communities through sports and education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management from San Diego State University. Prior to joining WTEF, Leah served as Director of Tennis Engagement; and National Manager of Net Generation, the official youth brand of tennis, for the United States Tennis Association (USTA). She co-founded the ACE Project for children living in underserved communities providing character, confidence, and competency skills through the sport of tennis.
Leah brings exceptional experience in youth outreach, education, and development to WTEF. One of Leah’s life purposes is to use sports to teach lessons that go beyond the boundaries of any court. Leah will oversee all WTEF programs as well as help develop and deliver WTEF’s strategic goals and objectives.
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