Elaine Rogers Chief Executive Officer
Today, USO-Metro is the largest USO affiliate in the world. With ten locations and a “deployable” Mobile USO, USO-Metro provides signature USO services across the greater metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Baltimore region where more than 300,000 troops and their families reside.
Under Rogers’ leadership, USO-Metro has significantly increased the scope and depth of the programs it provides to active duty military and their families, as well as wounded, ill and injured service members and their caregivers. The organization focuses on needs-based programs and services which include morale-building programs, entertainment, ticket distribution, six USO Centers, a Mobile USO and four USO airport lounges that serve 500,000 service members and their families living and traveling throughout the National Capital Region.
In partnership with USO, Inc., USO-Metro opened the largest USO center in the world. At 25,000 square feet, the USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir is a state-of-the-art facility that includes a large community room, classroom, music and art rooms, sports lounge, multimedia rooms and a commercial grade kitchen. The grounds also feature beautiful healing gardens, a grill terrace and a fitness trail. A similar facility on NSA Bethesda provides 16,000 square feet of space optimized for relaxation and rejuvenation for recovering service members and their caregivers receiving care at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Throughout her tenure, Ms. Rogers has worked to grow private and corporate annual donations from an annual budget of $100,000 to over $14 million in cash, goods and services. She has successfully developed the volunteer roster from 50 to more than 1,200 caring local citizens. This dedicated volunteer corps, along with meticulous, program-focused management continues to ensure that about 90 cents out of every dollar donated goes directly to programs and services.
For her tireless dedication to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families, Ms. Rogers has been recognized by the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force with service awards and medals. She has also been honored by the Secretary of Defense with the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal and by the Military District of Washington with the Doctor Mary E. Walker Award. In addition, Ms. Rogers received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Maryland Freestate ChallenNGe Academy, Maryland National Guard. She has also received the Distinguished Civilian Award from the Union League of Philadelphia.
A native of Harrisburg, PA, Ms. Rogers earned her degree from Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina. Following college, she embarked upon a lifelong career in social services, working with organizations such as the Red Cross and the Pennsylvania Department of Social Services. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the National Guard Youth Foundation.
Elaine Rogers began her work at the USO of Metropolitan Washington (USO-Metro) in 1976. She quickly proved herself and became president in 1977. In the four decades since, USO-Metro has grown to serve as a model for a charity changing with the times while staying true to its mission.
Lisa Marie Riggins Executive Director
Lisa Marie Riggins is an Army brat born in Bremerhaven Germany, and has made her way back to her family roots as Executive Director of the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore. After a colorful career as an actress in New York City; a criminal defense attorney, a state prosecutor, a personal injury attorney, and founding President of the non-profit Fairness for Athletes In Retirement (FAIR), she is pleased to now serve her unsung heroes in the military community. Working behind the scenes to bring comfort and dignity to those who perform great things in quiet ways, is what motivates her.
Lisa Marie started FAIR to advocate for better pensions for over 4,000 former NFL players who retired before 1993 and had been left behind and mistreated. FAIR was the public voice for these forgotten players – coordinating a national PR campaign and presenting the NFL and the NFLPA with a six figure actuarial solution to the crippled pension plan. In March 2020, the NFL and NFLPA voted to commit over $1 Billion to raise the pension for pre 1993 retirees, giving them the largest increase they’ve ever received.
She received her B.A. in History and Literature from American University; an Associate’s degree from American Academy of Dramatic Arts NYC, and her Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law. She is admitted to the Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C. bar. Lisa Marie’s best friend is her husband John, and her favorite people are her two daughters, Hannah and Coco.