COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, USA – World Lacrosse has appointed Kristen Mautner Garlinghouse to its board as one of two independent directors. She commences her four-year term immediately, replacing David Ryan, who served on the board since 2018.  

Garlinghouse brings more than 15 years of leadership in the sport, having served as a member of the USA Lacrosse Executive Committee from 2016-22 following a stint on the USA Lacrosse Foundation Board (2006-12). She was also a board member for the Tewaaraton Foundation from 2014-19 and was national co-chair of the National Campaign for Lacrosse, a US$15 million effort to fund a new headquarters for USA Lacrosse that also provided support for the organization’s sports science and safety efforts, as well as its focus on underserved communities. 

In addition to her lacrosse experience, Garlinghouse has worked in a variety of industries, including private equity, politics and the arts, where her focus was marketing and public relations. She previously worked for Podesta Associates, Disney ( and Hellman & Friedman LLC, and currently serves on the Princeton Varsity Club Executive Committee and is on the boards of trustees for Choate Rosemary Hall and Sacred Heart Schools Atherton.  

World Lacrosse President Sue Redfern said: “We are thrilled to welcome Kristen to our board of directors. She has shown a strong dedication of service to the sport over many years and has specific expertise that will help advance our organization. We look forward to working with her to achieve our goals in this important period of growth for our International Federation.”  

Garlinghouse said: “I am extremely honored to serve on the World Lacrosse board and am excited about the continuation of my support of the sport, now expanding to the international level. It has been a banner year for the sport’s growth, and I look forward to helping keep that momentum going alongside the organization’s exceptional board and staff, as well as the many supportive volunteers around the world.” 

Garlinghouse’s appointment is another marker of World Lacrosse’s focus on gender equity, as the 13 voting board members are comprised of seven women and six men, with women holding the posts of president, vice president, finance and governance director, competition director, diversity and inclusion director, and chair of the Athletes’ Commission.  

Garlinghouse graduated from Princeton University, where she played lacrosse and was an All-American. She also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University.