Regional President & Managing Director, North America


Marc Edenzon, Regional President & Managing Director, North America

Marc Edenzon oversees Program operations in Canada, the United States and Caribbean. Prior to this work, he served as the President and CEO of Special Olympics New Jersey (SONJ). His responsibilities included the oversight of raising more than $8 million annually to support sport training and competition in 24 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities throughout New Jersey.
Mr. Edenzon has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for 43 years, the past 33 employed with the Special Olympics movement. He started his involvement in 1975 in the field of Special Education and as a volunteer coach and sport director, joining the staff of SONJ in 1984. Beginning in the late 1980s, Marc worked for Special Olympics International (SOI) Headquarters in Washington DC as Sports Training Director before returning to New Jersey and later assuming the position of President and CEO at SONJ, a role he served in for twenty years.
Throughout his career, Marc was instrumental in developing a number of groundbreaking programs including the authoring of the Principles of Coaching Course; the research for the writing of the Motor Activity Program; the creation of the Young Athlete Program, as well as other programmatic contributions. Mr. Edenzon served as part of the organizing committee for the 1991 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Minneapolis, St Paul, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the 2009 World Winter Games in Boise Idaho. Marc has also held positions on the USA Team Management Committee and in 2001 served as the Head of Delegation for the USA Team to the World Winter Games in Anchorage, Alaska. In 2011 he wrote and submitted the bid, and served as host and consultant, for the execution of the 2014 USA Games in New Jersey.
Marc Edenzon received his BS from Rutgers College and his MAA from The College of New Jersey. He is married with three children, his youngest a Special Olympics athlete.