John is a five-time Olympic swimming medalist with four gold and one silver medal. Naber won four gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. Each of those victories was swum in world-record time. One of Naber’s gold medals was for the first 200 meter backstroke swam in under two minutes, and his winning time of 1 minute and 59.19 seconds set a world record that stood for seven years. His world record of 55.49 second in the 100 meter backstroke also stood for seven years. Following his swimming career, Naber began working as a sports broadcaster, a motivational speaker, and a professional writer.
Michaela joined the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games (SCCOG) to lead and build Ready, Set, Gold! (RSG!) as Executive Director in August 2019. Her focus is the overall strategy and management of the RSG! programs, including program development, community partnerships, fundraising, implementation of the program and the relationships across all RSG! schools. RSG! partners Olympians and Paralympians with schools to inspire the next generation through sport. Under Michaela’s leadership, RSG! has launched impactful programming, including RSG! Virtual Program, a youth development initiative serving more than 15,000 youth in schools today. As part of RSG!’s commitment to students in Southern California, the non-profit added a nutrition and Social and Emotion Learning (SEL) component. A product of Michaela’s vision and unwavering dedication, RSG! has expanded the program from its original beginning in LAUSD schools to 32 school districts across Southern California. Michaela also advocates that the amount of exercise kids get should not be determined by their income, nor should their dreams be defined by their zip codes.
Michaela’s earlier career included nearly three years as an Account Executive with the Los Angeles Dodgers. She generated revenue and planned events to drive stadium attendance. Additionally, Michaela supported Women in Sports and Events (WISE), a leading voice and resource for women in the business of sports, by acting as a volunteer to lead their social media activities.
While the pandemic has undoubtedly impacted all communities, urban communities have suffered disproportionately, resulting in Michaela enhancing RSG!’s programming to be part of the near-term solution. With a firm belief that RSG! Olympians and Paralympians have the power to positively impact student's lives, Michaela’s journey continues to be full of inspiration and hope as she fights for young people to realize their dreams.
Michaela was surrounded by sports growing up; competitively skiing in the Winter and sailing in the Summer, with Fall and Spring dedicated to Lacrosse. She was a D1 collegiate athlete in the sport of sailing at College of Charleston. During this time, Michaela represented her team in the NCAA’s Student Athletic Advisory Committee, where she started the College’s largest clothing drive. In the first year 5,000 articles of clothing were donated as a result. With a degree in International Business from the College of Charleston, Michaela has a passion for equity, education and diversity.
Michaela resides in Manhattan Beach with her fiancé, Ben.
After working nearly 20 years in an organization that allowed for personal and professional growth, it is time to take on the next challenge in my leadership journey. With a strong passion for sports, youth and healthy living, I am looking forward to building healthier communities with the Clif Bar team! When your life's passions and values align with work, your career becomes purposeful, rewarding, and a lot of FUN!
John started swimming at the relatively late age of eleven and quickly moved through the ranks, making the 1980 Olympic Team before he even had his driver’s license. Unfortunately, the United States boycotted the Moscow Games due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. has produced hundreds of hours of television for major networks such as CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX, plus cable channels Discovery, TLC, VH1, ESPN and HBO. John’s highest professional honor was winning three Primetime Emmy Awards while producing seven seasons of The Amazing Race.
Over the course of the last decade, Giddeon has been one of the best American track sprinters on the domestic and international race circuits. Giddeon believes at the core of any good coaching and programing philosophy, is the ability for an athlete to find the enjoyment in what they’re doing. With any well thought out choice, it’s important to determine what your goals are and what it will take to achieve them. If it’s worth achieving it will require accountability, determination, and followthrough, while remembering why you began down that path.
Bill’s career has been focused in Finance, gaining an in-depth knowledge of global markets in engineering, aerospace and automotive industries. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Smiths Group and Spectris and a lecturer at UCLA Anderson School of Management. In addition, he was CFO at GKN plc in the UK, as well as CEO of Propulsion Systems and CFO of the Aerospace business. Prior to that, Bill spent 30 years at TRW Inc. He holds a BA in Economics and an MBA, both from UCLA.