Leaders and Team

At NYRR, running is a team sport: Everything that we do as an organization represents the efforts of many talented, passionate, and dedicated individuals and groups pulling together to advance our mission to help and inspire people through running. Our staff—which now includes more than 170 full-time and 65 regular part-time employees—is supported by thousands of volunteers, multiple New York City agencies, our sponsors and partners, and our board of directors.

Michael Capiraso

President and CEO

Whether he’s running with the kids who participate in our school programs or high fiving finishers after a race, Michael Capiraso exemplifies New York Road Runners’ mission to help and inspire people through running.

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Peter Ciaccia

President, Events, and Race Director, TCS New York City Marathon

Peter Ciaccia, NYRR’s President, Events and TCS New York City Marathon Race Director, has been a key player at NYRR for the past 16 years. Under his leadership, NYRR’s impact in each of the city’s boroughs has deepened with the development of free community-based runs and walks and the creation of more opportunities for the inclusion of young runners in the calendar of NYRR races.


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Christine Burke

Vice President, Runner Products and Services

Christine Burke became NYRR’s vice president of runner products and services in April 2017. In this role she is responsible for training, membership, runner services, the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the NB Run Hub, international travel partners, race registration, and digital runner products. She joined NYRR in January 2015 as the director of runner products and services.

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Jeff Carnevale

Vice President, Information Technology

Jeff Carnevale joined NYRR in late 2014 as the vice president of information technology. He leads IT operations, system, and software development. He leads the IT team in modernizing the IT infrastructure, continuing to build and expand our mobile applications, and fostering technology innovation.

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Sarah Cummins

Vice President, Business Development & Strategic Partnerships

Sarah Cummins joined NYRR in 2013 and has led our merchandising and licensing efforts for four years, managing day-to-day e-commerce, retail, and licensing operations for NYRR and all of our properties. Her prior experience includes 15 years at the USTA, most recently as a managing director on the business operations team, overseeing merchandising, licensing, and sponsorship sales/fulfillment for...

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Linda A. Franken

Senior Vice President, Finance

Linda Franken, who joined NYRR in July 2011 as vice president of finance, brings extensive and broad-based experience in all aspects of accounting, internal controls, business management, and profit improvement initiatives. Both an MBA and a CPA, she has had  great success with start-up and re-engineering financial functions, establishing sound financial and business policy,  and...

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Bari Greenfield

Vice President, Strategy, Planning, and Organization Operations

Bari Greenfield joined NYRR in 2013. In July 2015 she became the Vice President, Strategy, Planning, and Organization Operations. In the role she serves multiple functions, including strategy formulation, business opportunity assessment and planning, growth plan execution, and project implementation, as well as critical work on the organization’s strategy, goals, new community initiatives, and...

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James Grooms

Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Assistant Secretary

Grooms joined NYRR in 2014, following an 11-year tenure as VP, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary for Jazz at Lincoln Center. Prior to that position, he held counsel roles with Standard & Poor’s and ABC Television, as well as an associate position with Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C. Grooms was also an adjunct professor for several years at Cornell University’s New York...

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Jim Heim

Senior Vice President, Event Development & Production, Technical Director, TCS New York City Marathon

Since joining NYRR in 2007, Jim Heim has been instrumental in the growth and development of key event properties, including the TCS New York City Marathon, the United Airlines NYC Half, and the Airbnb Brooklyn Half.


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Maria Note

Vice President, Human Resources & Office Operations

Maria Note joined New York Road Runners in May 2012 as Vice President of Human Resources; her responsibilities have grown to include overseeing Office Operations. Maria brings 20 years of experience in human resource management of dynamic, emerging companies. She leads our human resources team in ensuring that NYRR is an inspiring place to work, and her own enthusiasm for the position makes that attitude...

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Rachel Pratt

Senior Vice President, Youth & Community Services

Rachel Pratt joined NYRR as the Senior Vice President, Youth & Community Services in September 2015. She oversees all of NYRR's youth and community services programs, including Rising New York Road Runners, our new, comprehensive free youth fitness program featuring an updated, research-based curriculum, customizable digital tools and resources, and fee-free registration for events in the New...

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Michael Rodgers

Vice President, Development and Philanthropy

Rodgers joined New York Road Runners in April 2013 as Vice President, Development and Philanthropy. He oversees the development department, which raises funds to fulfill NYRR's mission to help and inspire people through running. One of the department's major fundraising vehicles is NYRR's Team for Kids, which has more than 7,000 annual members who raise money for free running programs serving...

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Michael Schnall

Vice President, Community Engagement Initiatives

Michael Schnall, NYRR’s Vice President for Community Engagement Initiatives, is responsible for launching new programs that implement running and walking opportunities throughout NYC communities.

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Ronnie Tucker

Senior Vice President, Marketing & Digital

Veronica “Ronnie” Tucker joined NYRR in June 2012 and is responsible for building and leading the NYRR Brand Marketing and Communications department. She has a 25-year track record of integrating marketing strategy and analytics into digital content, traditional and social media, creative, and partnerships.  

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Chris Weiller

Senior Vice President, Media, Public Relations & Professional Athletics

Chris Weiller joined New York Road Runners in October 2013 as vice president of media and public relations and later added the responsibility of overseeing the organization’s efforts in professional athletics. In 2016, Weiller was promoted to senior vice president of media, public relations, and professional athletics. He leads a team that handles the organization’s media and public relations...

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