New England

Mavi Sanchez-Skakle Named Head of DEI

January 03, 2022

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: James Maimonis 

Manger, Media & Communications

508-366-3450 ext. 112




WESTBOROUGH, MA- USTA New England is happy to announce the hiring of Mavi Sanchez-Skakle as Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Sanchez-Skakle comes to the section from a successful New Haven-based NJTL, New HYTEs, where she spent the last seven years as the Executive Director.


“It is an honor to join the USTA New England family to share my passion serving diverse communities. My professional and life experiences afford me a foundation to the nature of inclusivity and access to tennis.  I am excited to be a member of a dynamic team that will significantly impact the future of our sport. ¡Tenis es para todos!,” said Sanchez-Skakle. 

While serving as Executive Director at New HYTEs, Sanchez-Skakle created HYPED, a public schools initiative that introduced 10 & Under youth to tennis during physical education classes in the primarily Hispanic neighborhood of Fair Haven, CT. Over time, Sanchez-Skakle created a program that allowed youth to explore social topics on immigration, the environment, nutrition, and social media while tennis remained the catalyst to character development and competition. 


Her efforts resulted in New HYTEs receiving recognition as NJTL Chapter of the Year from both USTA New England and Racquet Sports Industry Magazine in 2018.


“We are very excited to have Mavi join our team. She is a decorated NJTL leader and lives and breathes inclusion. She understands the DEI space better than most and we are thrilled she has decided to bring her unique skill set to our section to continue creating a space for all in tennis,” said Matt Olson, USTA New England Executive Director and COO .


As an active volunteer and advocate in the tennis community, Sanchez-Skakle serves on the USTA Advocacy Committee as Liaison to the USTA Foundation’s NJTL Committee and is also a board member for the USTA Connecticut Board of Directors. 


Sanchez-Skakle will start her employment on January 6th, 2022.


About USTA New England
USTA New England, one of 17 regional sections across the country that comprise the United States Tennis Association (USTA), is a not-for-profit organization committed to promoting and developing the growth of tennis and increasing participation in the sport in New England by offering quality recreational and competitive programs for people of all ages and abilities. For more information, visit


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