Sheila Tolle

Sheila Tolle

Position: Independent Director

Term: 2022 – 2026

Hometown: La Jolla, CA

Education: B.S. Engineering – UCLA; M.B.A. – Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration



  • Founder of Tolle Marketing Consultancy
  • Biospectal, Advisor
  • Autodesk, Sr. Director of Marketing
  • Intuit, Vice President of Marketing – Small Business Group


  • Board of Directors, League of Women Voters, San Diego
  • US Olympic Endowment, Member of the Board of Stewards
  • USRowing, Referee
  • USRowing, former member of the Board of Directors and former Treasurer
  • Norcal Crew, member Board of Directors



  • Autodesk: Gartner CRM Excellence Award, Webby Award, Hubspot Memorable Marketing Campaign, Autodesk Marketing Innovation Awards
  • Intuit: Annual Best Marketing Team Award, Featured Keynote Speaker at Internet Strategy Forum Summit


  •  Friends of UCLA Rowing: 2022 Julian Wolf Award for Alumni Excellence
  • NCAA Women’s Collegiate Championships: Chief Referee 2016, 2010, 2008
  • USRowing: 2016 USRowing Julian Wolf Award for Refereeing Excellence
  • World Rowing (FISA): Umpire (1987-2000), NTO Lead 2017 World Championships, 2019 U23 World Championships

Statement from Sheila Tolle

My experiences, both professional and with the sport of rowing, lend themselves to success as the Independent Director on the Board.

I have extensive Marketing experience at a variety of companies and gained an appreciation for corporate fundraising at the Computer History Museum. Through my work on the USRowing Board of Directors, I have an understanding of Sports NGB and Non-Profit Financials.

My experience with USRowing is highly applicable to US Sailing as both sports have high capital costs, water safety is paramount, similar revenue and membership, and a focus on DEI programs.

I have some, albeit limited, sailing experience. I received my Small Boat Sailor Certification in 2006 in preparation for sailing with my brother on his Camper & Nicholson 35 in the Caribbean and, currently, off the coast of Southern California.

I believe that sports, both competitive and recreational, bring out the best in those involved. Additionally, I have found that water sports (both in and on the water) can improve not only physical health but also mental well-being. Access, opportunity, and inspiration to partake in the sport of sailing will deliver positive outcomes for all.

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