RoAnn Costin ’74 Appointed to USA Water Polo Board of Directors

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.- Former Harvard water polo, swimming and crew standout RoAnn Costin ’74 is one of three individuals named to the USA Water Polo Board of Directors, announced by Chairman Michael Graff ’73, Feb. 12.

Along with Costin, John Hendrickson, a former standout in water polo at Stanford, and Sandy Nitta, former women’s national team coach and Olympic swimmer, were selected to the Board of Directors. Costin and Hendrickson are independent directors and Nitta is an at-large director, in accordance with USA Water Polo Bylaws. The three new directors will be ratified at the next USA Water Polo assembly.

"I am delighted that we are able to add three outstanding individuals to our board of directors," said Graff. "This expands the board's geographic coverage to the Mountain zone and New England, and we have added directors with both a proven knowledge and commitment to our sport as well as special management and marketing skills. They will greatly strengthen our organization as we grow significantly across the country. Their appointments bring the USA Water Polo Board of Directors to a total of nine members."

RoAnn Costin was a three sport athlete at Harvard, playing water polo while earning All-American status as a member of the swim and crew teams. Her competitive fire has served her well in the business world as Costin is the founder and president of Wilderness Point Investment, a private equity company which focuses on investing in early and expansion stage consumer products and retailing companies. In addition to Wilderness Point, Costin sits on the Board of Directors of Lululemon Athletica, Olly Shoes and Gear Six Technologies. She also serves in the non-profit arena, residing on the Advisory Board of the Stanford Business School.

"Water polo is fortunate to have three such accomplished individuals volunteer for board service," said Christopher Ramsey, CEO of USAWP. "The USAWP board has been courageous and unselfish in its governance, and I am confident that RoAnn, John and Sandy will be key contributors toward sustaining our federation's competitive excellence and expanding participation in our sport."