Mori Taheripour

Senior Advisor @ Sport for Development, US Agency for International Development

Mori Taheripour is the Senior Advisor for Sport for Development at the US Agency for International Development (USAID). 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. From Education and Nutrition to Violence Prevention and Civic Engagement, Ms. Taheripour is responsible for the strategic integration of sport into all areas of agency programs around the world. She also serves as the senior technical advisor for all Agency programs related to sport and development, managing all relationships with professional sports leagues, federations, and franchises and is responsible for driving strategic partnerships between sports organizations, civil society, private sector corporations and NGOs that focus on sports in international development. Ms. Taheripour recently oversaw the launch of the USAID Development Champions program. This first-of-its-kind program will create partnerships between USAID and notable athletes who will work with the agency to raise the visibility of U.S. Government international development initiatives around the world.

Additionally, Ms. Taheripour 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 in the Undergraduate and Executive Education programs. She served as a lead faculty member in the Goldman Sachs-funded 10,000 Women Initiative and the 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative, involved in both curriculum design and content delivery for these groundbreaking initiatives. In 2007, 2011 and 2012 she received the William G. Whitney Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

At the Wharton School, Ms. Taheripour is also a co-founder and senior leadership team member of the Wharton Sports Business Initiative, a partnership among top level business leaders, faculty and students that generates and disseminates knowledge about the sports industry through educational programs, high-level student consulting assignments, global forums, and research associated with the professional sports industry. 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, Ms. Taheripour served as the Vice President of Corporate Diversity for the American Red Cross. In this position, she developed and executed the 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. During her tenure at the Red Cross, Ms. Taheripour was credited with more than doubling the funding for high profile diversity initiatives through strategic alliances with key corporate partners including State Farm, the Home Depot, and Verizon Foundation.

Ms. Taheripour has served as an independent consultant for a variety of corporate, non-profit and sports organizations. Select clients include The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Goldman Sachs Foundation, The Timberland Company, Wasserman Media Group, NBA Players’ Association (NBAPA), and the NFL Players’ Association (NFLPA). Additionally, Ms. Taheripour is widely known as an expert on negotiation, global sport philanthropy, athlete engagement and diversity/inclusion, having been invited to deliver keynote speeches and serve on panels at conferences around the world and was recently featured in ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary Broke.

Ms. Taheripour earned her MBA from The Wharton School and her BA in psychology and premedical studies from Barnard College/Columbia University.