Taylor Ritzel is an Olympic Gold Medalist, Yale University graduate and currently works as Coordinator of Original Content at Hulu. Originally from Colorado, Taylor began rowing at Yale, winning three NCAA Championships as part of the Varsity Women’s 8+ and serving as Captain of the team her senior year. She then went on to win an Under-23 World Championship, two Senior World Championships and the 2012 Olympic Games as part of the US Women’s 8+. While training full-time for the Olympic Games, Taylor served as the Frank Shields Fellow for the National Rowing Foundation, a role which seeks to help fundraise and bridge the gap between past and present national team rowers. She also worked for Digital Firefly Marketing as their Head of Social Media for two years in addition to working for Thuzio, an online marketplace that provides experiences with top athletic talent to consumers.
After moving to Newport Beach to train in 2014, Taylor negotiated a $350,000 sponsorship deal, the biggest ever in American rowing for just two athletes, enabling her and her pair partner to train at the highest level outside of the established training center. After retiring from rowing, Taylor moved to Los Angeles to work for the legendary William Morris Endeavor Entertainment talent agency. She joined the television literary department and then moved to Hulu, helping to develop and manage Hulu branded television shows. She co-founded the women’s group, Hula, and started a program that donates the hundreds of Emmy screeners received at Hulu to halfway houses around Los Angeles.