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The team at America True is made up of staff and volunteers who donate their time and energy to make sure that the organization and it's programs are successful.

  Dawn Riley, America True CEO and Captain
Dawn is the first woman in the world to manage an America's Cup team. She is also the first American to have raced on three America's Cup teams and two Whitbread Round the World teams. For her match racing and leadership skills, she received the Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award for 1999. She is the former President of the Women Sports Foundation.

Her book 'Taking the Helm' tells the story of the all women crew in the 1993-94 Whitbread. You can read more about Dawn, here.
Scott Shwarts, COO
Prior to his involvement with America True, Scott Shwarts was an industry consultant in the areas of business management, marketing and corporate development. He has been the founder of a number of software companies. Scott is an avid sailor, a certified scuba diving instructor and marine educator.
  Dan Leininger, Executive Director
Dan graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Systems Engineering, and was commissioned as an Officer in the US Navy through the NROTC Program. Following his career in the Navy, Dan worked in the High Tech industry as a Program/Project Manager.

Dan joined the "Waterfront" as the Operations Director of the Treasure Island Sailing Center. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors where he has run the Sail Training Program for over 3 years, and participates actively as a skipper.

Dan has been sailing since college where he began racing catamarans, and dinghies. He has participated in several sailing program start-ups, taught sailing, and continues to race for fun when he gets a chance.

  Nettie Kelly, Tall Ships For Girls Program (An America True Sponsored Program)
Nettie Kelly is an experienced science teacher and experiential educator. She taught environmental science, biology and marine biology at the high school level for seven years at the Stevenson School. While there, she coached girls field hockey and lacrosse, led wilderness backpacking trips, facilitated ropes course groups and started a sail training program on tall ships. Sail training combines her two passions, experiential education and marine science. Read more about the program on their web site: