US Sailing Names New Major Gifts Officer, Youth Performance Manager

Jessica Haverstock and Phil Muller Join US Sailing Staff in New Roles 


BRISTOL, RI (September 6, 2023) – US Sailing announced today the addition of Jessica Haverstock as Major Gifts Officer and Phil Muller as Youth Performance Manager, bolstering the organization’s capabilities in two important areas of growth. The two positions are new roles at US Sailing, deepening US Sailing’s expansion in fundraising and coaching. 

Muller brings a wealth of experience to the Youth Performance Manager role, having served as a coach of the USA Team for the Youth Sailing World Championship in 2018, 2019, and 2022. Muller is the founder of the 2NINER high performance sailing team and the Skiff Generation regatta series and was named US Sailing Development Coach of the Year in 2020. Muller is currently a member of the coaching staff for New York Yacht Club’s American Magic’s Youth and Women’s America’s Cup Teams. 

As Youth Performance Manager, Muller will be responsible for assisting athletes in the Under-19 (U19) age group with the transition into performance sailing, achieving success in competition, and developing skills and experience that will enable a greater connection to the Olympic movement and future success. This includes working with sailors, coaches, clubs, and class associations to support the health of the U19 “Performance” level of the Youth Performance Pathway, with an emphasis on the Performance (Youth Worlds) boat classes. 

“I’m excited to take on this new position and to help shape the future of high-performance sailing in the US,” said Phil Muller. “We have great talent in this country and there are so many passionate supporters of youth sailing. I want our program to be a resource for coaches who want to push themselves further in this sport. I am a coach. I know what’s at stake. In this role, I hope to bring people together so we can lift each other up.” 

Jessica Haverstock brings a strong foundation in sailing program management and leadership to her new role as US Sailing’s Major Gifts Officer. Prior to joining US Sailing, Haverstock served as Executive Director of Lake Minnetonka Sailing School and as Chair of US Sailing’s Instructor and Coaches Committee. She actively competes in the E Scow class and volunteers locally, coaching girls’ high school sailing. 

As Major Gifts Officer, Haverstock will be responsible for building relationships with and creating meaningful engagement opportunities for the passionate and dedicated donors and members and generating support for US Sailing and its wide range of programs, including community sailing, youth sailing, and the US Sailing Team. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Haverstock will be able to connect with a broad range of new stakeholders and continue to expand outreach and fundraising efforts of US Sailing. 

“I’m so excited to be able to support US Sailing on a whole new level,” said Jessica Haverstock. “I look forward to sharing my experience and lessons learned with others as we build support for the incredible work that US Sailing is doing in serving all aspects of the sailing community.” 

Both Haverstock and Muller began their work at US Sailing in the first week of September, 2023.

“I am thrilled to welcome both Jessica and Phil to the US Sailing family,” said Alan Ostfield, CEO of US Sailing. “Both have significant experience in growing the sport and developing sailors at all levels, which are important areas of focus as we continue our work to reshape US Sailing to enhance the service and connection we provide to members and the sport.” 

Jessica Haverstock and Phil Muller can be contacted at and, respectively. 


About US Sailing 

The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the National Governing Body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and advancement for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Bristol, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team. For more information, please visit   

About the US Sailing Foundation 

The US Sailing Foundation secures the resources required for US Sailing to develop innovative and dynamic programs to support sailors aspiring to race at the highest levels of domestic and international competition. Donations to the US Sailing Foundation support the sport of sailing by expanding access, providing the highest standards in education, and fostering competitive excellence for all sailors. Every dollar is invested to build a strong and vibrant future for our sport.