Virginia Tinley joined the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) as Executive Director in 1998. She was CAF’s first employee and joined when the organization’s annual budget was $165,000 and was serving 65 challenged athletes. Over the past 22 years, under her leadership, CAF has supported over 26,000 challenged athletes in all 50 US states, Puerto Rico and 70 international countries and raised over $112,000,000 to fulfil its mission. Also during Tinley’s tenure CAF has grown to be recognized as an international leader in Disabled Sports.
Before joining the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Tinley was co-owner and National Sales Manager of Perfection Sportswear. She managed a team of 50 sales representatives and helped grow the business to $10 million. Ultimately, Perfection Sportswear was sold to Reebok.
Tinley holds a BA from UC San Diego and a Certificate in Executive Leadership for Non-Profits from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, hiking and spending time with her dogs, friends and family.