Executive Director David Raith
David Raith is responsible for the day-to-day management of U.S. Figure Skating. He oversees an operating budget of more than $17 million annually while managing the policies, programs and goals of the association as approved by the Board of Directors.
Raith has overseen the three largest membership years in the organization’s history, coming in 2005-06 and 2017-18, and the branding of the organization’s grassroots skating program, Learn to Skate USA.
In addition to membership development, Raith oversaw the signing of an extension with NBC Universal through the 2026 season, which will provide increased exposure for the sport as well as keep the organization in a strong financial position. With the agreement, U.S. Figure Skating is guaranteed 80+ hours of television coverage, including network prime time coverage of the U.S. Championships each year. Additionally, U.S. Figure Skating has now partnered with NBC Sports Gold as its streaming partner and Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment as its exclusive sales agency. Previously, Raith spearheaded the signing of a long-term relationship with NBC to broadcast the U.S. Championships and Skate America beginning in the 2007-08 season.
Under Raith’s leadership, the United States has had several of its members elected into key leadership positions within the International Skating Union (ISU). Raith has also played a critical role in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series, as well as helping to secure several major international events in the United States, including the 2009 and 2016 World Figure Skating Championships.
Prior to joining U.S. Figure Skating, Raith worked at USA Track & Field as director of events and broadcasting from 2003-05, overseeing all major events, including the 2004 Olympic Track & Field Trials, USA Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and USA Track & Field's Visa Championship Series. These events generated more than 15 national broadcasts on NBC and other networks.
Before his time at USA Track & Field, Raith served as the vice president of sports for Turner Broadcasting System's Goodwill Games, the international, multi-sport competition organized from 1986-2001. He was responsible for event and television scheduling, athlete participation, and operational aspects of up to 24 different sports. With figure skating alone, he worked extensively with athletes, coaches, judges and volunteer leadership.
While at Turner, Raith also led the organization of the ISU-sanctioned competition "Centennial on Ice" in February 1996 in St. Petersburg, Russia, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first World Figure Skating Championships staged in the city in 1896. He also oversaw the professional figure skating event organized as part of the Winter Goodwill Games in Lake Placid, New York., in 2000.
Raith's considerable television background also includes five years at the Cable News Network (CNN) beginning with its inception in 1980. From 1980-85 he helped establish CNN Sports as an anchor, coordinating producer, "Sports Tonight" producer and producer of "The Games of '84," daily coverage leading up to and during the 1984 Olympic Winter and Summer Games.
Raith is a graduate of the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism. He and his wife, Leslie, have two daughters, Sydney and Jaime.