Maria Eitel

President,
Nike Foundation

Maria Eitel is President of the Nike Foundation and Corporate Advisor of Nike Inc. The Nike Foundation works with key players in development investing in poverty alleviation through increasing opportunities for the world’s most disadvantaged girls. Prior to becoming President of the Nike Foundation, Ms. Eitel led Nike’s corporate responsibility efforts as the company’s first vice president for corporate responsibility, leading the team through the tumultuous late 1990’s and into the 2000’s as they worked to set in place the company’s strategies, programs, and resources to build integrated business and responsibility solutions to ensure Nike Inc.’s profitable and sustainable growth. Formerly, she served as European Corporate Affairs Group Manager for Microsoft Corporation where she managed corporate, public, and community affairs initiatives for the company’s European headquarters and European subsidiaries from Paris, France. Before joining Microsoft in 1995, she was Director of Public Affairs for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and was Senior Manager of Communications & Community Relations at MCI Communications Corp. From 1989 to 1992, Ms. Eitel served in the White House as Deputy Director of Media Relations and later as special assistant to the President for media affairs. Ms. Eitel holds a BA degree from McGill University and an M.S. degree from Georgetown University, and is an alumnus of the Stanford University Business School Executive Program.