As Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility for the National Basketball Association, Todd Jacobson oversees the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League and NBA 2K League social responsibility efforts, community partnerships, and public service initiatives. He also directs the league’s government affairs, including the White House and State Department relationships managing the league’s communication and engagement.
Since joining the NBA in 2000, Jacobson has managed the launch and execution of the NBA Cares platform, led the development of the NBA’s international community outreach initiatives, and created the community relations program for the NBA G League. In 2016, NBA Cares was recognized by ESPN with its inaugural League Humanitarian Leadership Award for driving social impact over the last decade.
Prior to joining the NBA, Jacobson served as Acting Director of Central Recreation for the New York City Parks & Recreation Department.
In addition to his responsibilities at the NBA, Jacobson teaches at Columbia University as an adjunct associate professor for the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), serves on the National Board of Directors for Maccabi USA, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF New York Regional Board, the Beyond Sport Advisory Panel, and on the UJA Sports for Youth Executive Committee and is an ambassador for the EPIC Foundation.
Jacobson graduated from Cornell University, where he was a four-year letter winner in soccer. He also holds an M.P.A. in advanced management and finance from Columbia University. Jacobson lives in Manhattan with his wife Jana and their son Ari.