Nina Kemppel is a long-time advocate in the fight against doping in sport. She is a four-time Olympian in the sport of cross-country skiing and a member of the United States Olympic Committee Board of Directors, a position she has held since 2011. Ms. Kemppel’s experiences in the sport of cross-country skiing, which has a long history of doping issues, has inspired her to dedicate her time and efforts to clean competition, improved anti-doping testing practices and innovative anti-doping research efforts.
Ms. Kemppel recently served three years on the Worldwide Anti-Doping Agency’s Athlete Committee where she represented the views and rights of athletes worldwide, providing insight and oversight into athletes’ roles and responsibilities as it relates to anti-doping issues at the WADA level. From 2005 to 2008, Kemppel served as the USOC Athlete Advisory Committee’s Vice-Chair of the Anti-Doping Committee and worked directly with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on athlete education, athlete surveys, selection of USADA Athlete Board members and other strategic initiatives. Ms. Kemppel also championed the initial Safe Sport working group and initiative within the USOC.
Nina Kemppel is currently the Chief Executive Officer at the Alaska Humanities Forum in Anchorage, Alaska, where she is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operational and strategic functions of the Alaska Humanities Forum. She guides and directs the planning and development, working in concert with the Board of Directors, administrators, program leadership, constituents, government agencies and funders to grow the organization’s operational capacity and the delivery of meaningful educational and grant making programs across the state. Prior to becoming the Chief Executive Officer at the Alaska Humanities Forum, Ms. Kemppel worked as a strategy consultant for Oliver Wyman, a global consulting firm based in Boston, Massachusetts that specializes in strategy, operations, risk management, and organization transformation. She developed business and organizational strategies for clients across many industries, including sport, healthcare, technology and public utilities. Ms. Kemppel also worked at the Coraggio Group in Portland, Oregon where she worked on strategic and financial challenges for mission driven organizations across the northwestern states. Ms. Kemppel graduated from Dartmouth College with B.A. in Economics and earned a Masters of Business Administration for the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She grew up in Anchorage, Alaska and is actively involved in many professional and philanthropic activities in Alaska, including the serving on the Board of the Healthy Futures, which is a program designed to inspire a healthily lifestyles a and fitness programs for middle and high school students in over 170 urban and rural schools across the state of Alaska. She is also a founding member of the Alaska Winter Olympians Association that provides grants for emerging Olympic athletes in Alaska.
Ms. Kemppel is a four-time Olympian in cross-country skiing (1992, 1994, 1998 and 2002 Olympics). Nina Kemppel has won 18 U.S. National Championships, a record for a U.S. cross-country skier. She also competed in the six World Championships (from 1991 to 2011). In 2002, she finished in 15th place at the Olympic Games, which at the time was the highest placing of any US female cross-country skier at the Olympic Games.