USU is led by presidents and chancellors of America's leading urban public research universities. The board of directors governs and sets policy for the organization.
The current chair of the coalition is Michael Rao, President, Virginia Commonwealth University.
Michael Rao, President, Virginia Commonwealth University, Chair
Dianne Harrison, President, California State University, Northridge, Vice Chair
Mark Rosenberg, President, Florida International University, Past Chair
Mary Papazian, President, San Jose State University, Secretary
Mark Pagano, Chancellor, University of Washington, Tacoma, Treasurer
Michael Amiridis, Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago
Mark Becker, President, Georgia State University
William Covino, President, California State University, Los Angeles
Taylor Eighmy, President, University of Texas at San Antonio
Sharon Gaber, President, University of Toledo
Mark Mone, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Wayne Riley, President SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Kim Wilcox, Chancellor, University of California, Riverside
M. Roy Wilson, President, Wayne State University