A four-time Olympic ice hockey player, Ruggiero grew up in Los Angeles. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University, where she was a four-time All-American, as well as an Academic All-American. She also holds an M.Ed. in Sports Management from the University of Minnesota and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
In addition to her athletic accomplishments, Ruggiero currently serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for the 2024 Los Angeles Olympic Bidding Committee and is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Sports Innovation Lab, the leading independent market research and advisory firm delivering insights on the intersection of sports and technology.
Angela Ruggiero was appointed to the United States Olympic Committee of directors and began serving as an International Olympic Committee Member in February 2010, following her election to represent all Olympic athletes on the IOC Athletes’ Commission. She is the current Chair of the IOC Athlete’s Commission and a Member of the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee.
In addition to Chairing the IOC Athletes’ Commission, she is a Member of the Executive Board (2016-); Member (2010-2014), Vice-Chair (2014-2016) then Chair (2016-) of the Athletes' Commission; Member of the following Commissions: Entourage (2010-2015), Evaluation then Coordination for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 (2011-), Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport (2015-), Coordination for the XXIV Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 (2016-); Chair of the Coordination Commission for the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games Lillehammer 2016 (2012-2016); Member of the Board of Directors of Olympic Channel Services S.A., Switzerland (2015-)
In addition to her duties on the IOC, Ruggiero is a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation’s Athlete’s Commission and the IOC liaison to the newly formed International Rugby Board Athletes’ Commission, while also serving on the Foundation board of the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Executive Board of the Women’s Sports Foundation.
A star player on the U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey Team and 2015 Hockey Hall of Fame Member (as just the 4th woman), Ruggiero won a gold medal in 1998, silvers in 2002 and 2010, and bronze in 2006. During her 16-year career with the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team, she competed in more games than any other man or woman in USA Hockey history, playing in 10 world championships and earning the gold medal on four occasions.