Lisa Marie Riggins, the current Executive Director of USO National Capital District has been selected as the Regional President, Southeast Region. Riggins assumed her new role Nov. 16, 2022.
The USO Southeast Region includes USO operations and fund development in ten states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and the southern half of Virginia. Together, these states are home to over 33% of the nation’s active military force and 30% of the National Guard and Reserve Forces.
Riggins will remain dual-hatted as the Executive Director for the National Capital District (NCD) and as Regional President for the USO Southeast Region.
Riggins began her career with the USO in 2019 as the Executive Director for the NCD. Under her leadership, NCD maintained positive revenue growth during the COVID pandemic, renovated six centers and all staff offices, and opened four new locations. She proactively fostered relationships with base commands and senior leadership in her district, increasing military engagement while enhancing mission delivery for the USO.
Before joining the USO, Riggins practiced law as a defense attorney, a state prosecutor and personal injury attorney. She founded her own non-profit, Fairness for Athletes in Retirement (FAIR) in 2017. Lisa Marie began her career in New York city, where she lived for 25 years before relocating to Washington D.C.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Major in History from American University in Washington D.C. She earned her Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law in New York City and is barred in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. Lisa Marie grew up in an Army family and many of her family members continue to serve.
“I am honored to assume this important role in providing world-class USO programs and services to the 1.1 million service members and their families who call the Southeast Region home. The USO has a long tradition of providing vital support to our nations armed forces and I humbled to be part of this renowned organization,” said Riggins.
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