A former Stanford University and professional basketball player and lifelong athlete, Mariah Burton Nelson is the vice president for innovation and new product development at ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership. Before joining ASAE in March 2012, Mariah was executive director of the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR,) a member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.
Mariah has served on the board of directors of writing and speaking associations; wrote 6 award-winning books (including The Stronger Women Get, The More Men Love Football) and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles (Washington Post, New York Times, Newsweek, and many more;) gave hundreds of speeches on the empowerment of women through sports and leadership lessons from the playing fields to corporate, government, education, and association groups; and appeared on TV and radio shows (Today, Good Morning America, Phil Donahue, Larry King Live, Dateline, Nightline, CBS Evening News, etc.)
She has won numerous awards for her writing and speaking, including the Amateur Athletic Foundation’s Book Award and the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Magazine Award.
In 2007, Mariah was named one of the top 100 sports educators by the Institute for International Sport. In 2012, she was featured on the cover of Arlington Magazine as a Woman on a Mission.
In her free time she swims, golfs, does Body Flow at Gold’s Gym, reads, writes, and spends time with her partner of 22 years.