Leadership

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Lori Bajorek

President & CEO

Lori Bajorek is president and CEO of the National Esports Association (NEA), through which she champions greater support for the wellness and academic success of esports athletes. She has pioneered a governance structure for esports in education, including establishing academic standards and developing curriculum. Bajorek has developed what is considered the first educational programs for esports, guiding programs at colleges across the country while expanding her K-12 focus. 

 

She is building upon her videogaming-centered, non-profit enrichment program that focused on alternative learning for K-12 students for more than 12 years — even before esports was called esports. Bajorek’s pioneer status, advocacy, and expertise has resulted in her being a sought-after speaker at national and international conferences and a source for national media. Her entrepreneurial background includes work with Fortune 500 companies, including Progressive Insurance and Metropolitan. She earned a degree in child psychology from the University of Buffalo. Bajorek and her husband, Ronald, have two grown children, Alia and Trip.

 
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Lisa Goldstein

Chief Policy Officer

Lisa Goldstein, M.S., joined the National Esports Association as chief policy officer in early 2017, after 20 years of increasing responsibility at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She has earned national awards for her work in adolescent health and is dedicated to promoting alternative learning for students through the use of esports in education while promoting efforts to further the health and academic success of esports student athletes. Her work includes efforts to combine gaming with an educational structure to help build the essential cognitive skills necessary to succeed in today's digitized world, as well as promote esports as an extracurricular program to offer opportunities to all, regardless of personal characteristics such as gender, weight, height, and athletic ability.