Kelly Landry Mehrtens is the Executive Director of The Trust (Powered by the NFLPA). The Trust’s mission is to support NFL players as they live their purpose beyond football.
Mehrtens is responsible for managing and marketing a wealth of services organized as pillars. She works with a dedicated staff and world-class providers to connect players to these top-notch services. Mehrtens and her team continue to create hugely successful engagement events to further build upon an unrivaled holistic approach with members of The Trust. Prior to her ascent, she served as Managing Director, a position she assumed in 2016.
Before joining The Trust, Mehrtens was the Deputy Director of Athletics/COO at the University of Maryland, where she was a member of the executive leadership team. During her time at Maryland, she had various responsibilities, including leading the day-to-day operations, oversight of an $80 million budget, and serving as the primary administrator for football. Mehrtens also helped oversee the transition of the University from the ACC to the Big Ten Conference.
Mehrtens’ experience in sports administration, budget development, marketing, branding, and fundraising has also touched the athletic programs at Northeastern University, The University of Miami, The University of Illinois, The University of Kansas, and The University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she was Director of Athletics. Further, her leadership has led to positions on several NCAA and Power 5 Conference Committees.
Mehrtens serves on the board of directors for USA Football, the sport’s national governing body, and is a member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee. As a board member, she helps guide and helps the independent non-profit establish important standards and programs to advance, unify and grow the sport for the good of youth, high school, and adult amateur players.
A native of Panama City, Florida, Mehrtens received her B.S. in Accounting from The University of Alabama, where she was an All-American discus thrower and member of the track team. She culminated her throwing career with a 4th place finish in the 1992 Olympic Trials. Her graduate degree in Higher Education hails from the University of Illinois.