Meet Our Board Members

Mike Rizzo

Mike Rizzo

In addition to his role as President and Co-Founder of The Rizzo Family Foundation, Mike serves as President of Baseball Operations and General Manager of the Washington Nationals.

A native of Chicago and one of four children (Phil, Kim and Bernie) born to Phil and Bernadine Rizzo, Mike was drafted by the California Angels in 1982 and, following a brief playing career in minor league baseball, transitioned into coaching and scouting as a third-generation scout with the guidance of his father, a former minor league baseball player who drove a truck for the city and scouted on a part-time basis. Mike returned to college to earn his degree at the University of Illinois, a decision that serves as his motivation in supporting educational opportunities for others.

In addition to encouraging Mike to enter the front office side of America’s Pastime, Phil was part of the inaugural induction class that entered the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame in 2008. Mike’s grandfather, Vito, was a semi-pro player before founding the family business: scouting.

Mike joined the Nationals in 2006 as an assistant general manager and succeeded Jim Bowden as the Nationals’ general manager in 2009. He was promoted to team president in 2013. The Nationals won the franchise’s first World Series in 2019, defeating the Houston Astros in seven games. Mike’s father continued his scouting career with the Nationals as a Senior Advisor to the GM until his passing on February 1, 2020. Game 7 was the last game his father ever watched.

Mike has immersed himself into the D.C. community since his arrival to The District, providing support to numerous community organizations, with the majority focused on children and families.

Under Mike’s tutelage, the Nationals have transformed into one of Major League Baseball’s perennially elite clubs, winning a World Series in 2019, earning four National League East titles (2012, 2014, 2016, 2017) and one Wild Card berth (2019) in the last nine seasons. For his efforts in leading the Nationals, he has been honored with several awards during his tenure. In April 2022, he was inducted into the Triton College Alumni Wall of Fame. In December 2021, he was named the Italian American Baseball Foundation Executive of the Year. After winning the World Series in 2019, he was named Executive of the Year by Baseball America and the Boston Chapter of the BBWAA. The Boston Chapter of the BBWAA also honored him with the same award following the 2012 season. He also garnered Executive of the Year honors in 2012 from the Pitch and Hit Club of Chicago, which followed 2011 Man of the Year honors from the Lido Civic Club of Washington, D.C.

Mike and his wife, Jodi, spearheaded a “Soak” campaign in collaboration with the ALS Association and Lou Gehrig Day in 2023 which raised more than $50,000 for the organization and honored the life and legacy of Mike’s late sister, Kim, who lost her life to ALS in 2020.

Mike attended Holy Cross High School in River Grove, Illinois, Triton College and Saint Xavier University, where he played college baseball for the Triton Trojans and Saint Xavier Cougars. Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications in 1988 from the University of Illinois.

Mike lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and son, Sonny, whom the pair welcomed in January of 2023. His son Michael, Jr. is an entrepreneur living in San Diego.

Jodi and Sonny Rizzo

Jodi Rizzo

Jodi brings nearly two decades of sports, entertainment, business, and philanthropic public relations experience to her role as Vice President and Co-Founder of The Rizzo Family Foundation, including stints at the University of Maryland and Monumental Sports & Entertainment, owners of the NBA’s Washington Wizards, NHL’s Washington Capitals, WNBA’s Washington Mystics, NBA2K League’s Wizards District Gaming and the Capital One Arena in downtown Washington, D.C.

Fueled by a passion for supporting young women in the pursuit of fulfilling their dreams, Jodi has volunteered as a public relations consultant for the Washington School for Girls, an all-scholarship, independent, Catholic day school educating girls in grades 3-8 in Ward 8. Together with her husband, Mike, the pair hosted ‘Chrizzmas in July’ in the summer of 2021, a fundraising event which resulted in 60 backpacks and a slew of back-to-school supplies being donated to the school. She has also served as a committee member for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation and assisted with public relations efforts for the organization pro bono. The Rizzos spearheaded a “Soak” campaign in collaboration with the ALS Association and Lou Gehrig Day in 2023 which raised more than $50,000 for the organization and honored the life and legacy of Mike’s late sister, Kim, who lost her life to ALS in 2020.

Jodi grew up in Fremont, Ohio with her parents, Joe and Jill Fick, and younger sister, Jessica. She was a three-sport athlete at Fremont Ross High School where she was inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame in 2011. She earned a full scholarship to play volleyball at Marshall University where she started for four seasons for the Thundering Herd while earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism and a Master of Science Degree in Athletics Administration. She credits the athletic scholarship in providing her an open runway to opportunities following college without the burden of student debt.

Jodi and her husband and President and Co-Founder of The Rizzo Family Foundation, Mike, welcomed a son, Sonny, in January of 2023. They reside in Washington, D.C. with their dog, Hayes.