Director of business operations
Charmaine Wright serves as FPA’s Director of Business Operations. In this capacity, she is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations necessary to ensure that the Fritz Pollard Alliance achieves its objectives. She handles the associations business development, membership services and event coordination, ensuring that all business activities are monitored and key performance indicators are reported on a regular basis.
She works across the FPA leadership to set and meet the organization’s strategic goals and mission; promoting diversity and inclusion while serving the FPA’s members. Charmaine has worked in the nonprofit sector since 2005 and has held leadership positions at the National Tax Association, the American Society of Health Economists, and the American Tax Policy Institute. Charmaine graduated from Boston College with a liberal arts degree and also holds a master of science in administration from Trinity University, Washington, D.C. Charmaine currently lives in Prince George’s County, Maryland with her family.
Charmaine enjoys going to concerts, reading, traveling and volunteering her immigration expertise with members of local immigrant communities.
N. Jeremi Duru
N. Jeremi Duru, a Professor of Law at American University’s Washington College of Law, serves as “of counsel” to the Fritz Pollard Alliance. Before entering academia, Professor Duru was an associate at Mehri & Skalet, PLLC in Washington, DC.
Professor Duru is among the nation’s foremost sports law authorities. He is a co-author of one of the field’s premier casebooks, Sports Law and Regulation: Cases and Materials (4th edition) (Wolters Kluwer), as well as one of the field’s premier explorations of sports agency, The Business of Sports Agents (3rd edition) (U. of Penn Press). In addition, he is the sole author of Advancing the Ball: Race, Reformation, and the Quest for Equal Coaching Opportunity in the NFL (Oxford University Press), which examines the NFL’s movement toward increased equality of opportunity for coaches and front office personnel.
Professor Duru is active in the national sports law community, serving as a member of the United States Anti-Doping Agency’s Anti-Doping Review Board and the National Sports Law Institute’s Board of Advisors, but he also frequently lectures and consults abroad. Among other international engagements, Professor Duru has taught and studied on a Fulbright Fellowship at Faculdades Integradas Helio Alonso in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has served as a visiting professor at the University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia and the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, China.