Graduating Class: 2017
Industry: Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications, Manufacturing, and Marketing, Sales & Service
Nailah Ellis Timberlake has been named the first ever Director of USA Swimming Productions where she is responsible for the creation of original content across all divisions for distribution on USA Swimming’s digital, social and print platforms. In this newly created role, Nailah manages the organization’s external NBC products and is responsible for producing live shows for air during national and international swimming competitions.
Before joining the Olympic Movement, Nailah spent close to a decade working in television production at ABC News and CNN. She eventually transitioned into Sports PR as the Publicist for all the horserace tracks in New York State (Aqueduct, Belmont, Saratoga Springs). In 2015, Nailah joined USA Swimming as a Communications Manager where she supported the USA Swimming Foundation and led the multicultural marketing and promotional efforts for the organization.
Nailah is a graduate of Spelman College and has a Masters in Sports Management from Columbia University and an Executive Certification in Sports Philanthropy from George Washington University. Nailah sits on the National Board of Directors for Play Like A Girl, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the health and empowerment of women and girls through sport and physical activity.
Community Service Bio
Nailah Ellis Timberlake currently sits on the National Board of Directors for Play Like A Girl, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the health and empowerment of women and girls through sport and physical activity where she serves at the Chair of the Marketing and PR Committee. Locally, Nailah is on the Board of Directors for the Downtown YMCA of Colorado Springs where she heads up the Major Gifts Campaign and is also on the Board of Directors for The Junior League of Colorado Springs as the VP of Membership.
Previously, Nailah has been a ‘Big Sister’ through Big Brother Big Sister’s Juvenile Justice Program which targets at risk youth and children of incarcerated parents. She was also a prep school mentor with the Wadleigh Scholars Program where she assisted with test preparation, applications and obtaining financial aid for gifted inner-city kids from lower economic backgrounds. In addition to the volunteering Nailah has done in her community, she has also participated in community service projects in other parts of the country and around the world. Nailah is a Disaster Recover Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and went to New Orleans three times to assist with Hurricane Katrina recovery after the 2005 storm, to China to rebuild after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, to Haiti to rebuild after the 2010 earthquake and to India on a WomenBuild trip where she helped build 15 homes with 60 women volunteers for single mothers and widowed women homeowners. She was a Time Warner Heiskell Community Service Finalist and CNN Heroes employee finalist and received a $500 donation that she gave to the Jennie A. Clarke Homeless Shelter in Harlem where she was a weekly volunteer through a program called Women In Need, where she assisted with job preparation and interviews as well as housing and program assistance. The $500 donation to the shelter helped build a professional clothing center for shelter residents to use for job interviews and to wear to work. For 10 years, Nailah was a kitchen and food prep volunteer with God’s Love We Deliver, a program created to improve the health and well-being of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses by alleviating hunger and malnutrition.
George Washington University