Jamie McCourt is a Los Angeles based professional sports owner, entrepreneur, angel investor, real estate developer, educator, art collector, food and wine connoisseur and philanthropist, whose business and legal background, boundless energy and proficiency in identifying talent and opportunity has been the foundation for an accomplished career journey.
Blazing a Trail
Jamie began her career practicing law for 14 years in New York and Massachusetts, and subsequently focused on real estate development for 10 years.
From 2004 to 2012, Jamie was Co-Owner, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers. She was the highest ranking woman in baseball and one of the few female executives in all of professional sports. In addition to setting club attendance records and winning back-to-back division titles for the first time in 30 years, under her leadership the Dodgers returned to profitability.
Jamie is a pioneer in the field of business education. Her innovative class at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, The Pursuit of Leadership: A Female Perspective, which she taught from 2005 to 2011, was the first accredited graduate-level leadership course specifically designed for women at a leading U.S. business school.
Influenced by her own life experience, Jamie is dedicated to using her professional and personal experiences to benefit others, and has begun exploring a new national initiative to provide young women with the tools they need to become financially self-sufficient. Jamie is currently in the midst of a major speaking tour at MIT, Harvard and other top graduate business schools, during which she has been calling on women to exert more control over their personal finances to make a greater impact in their professional, personal and civic lives.
An Eye for Talent
Her investment firm, Jamie Enterprises, principally invests in high-value real estate, biotechnology ventures and technology start-ups. She was an early stage investor in ZipCar, now the nation's largest peer-to-peer car sharing service. More recently, she was one of the first investors in Kite Pharma, a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company that went public in record time. Jamie is also an investor in a variety of culinary ventures including Bouchon of the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group.
Jamie’s passion for startups and new ventures and love of food and wine led her to purchase a 22-acre vineyard in Rutherford on Auberge Road in Napa Valley. She recently celebrated her third harvest, and is planning to produce a world class hillside Cabernet Sauvignon for release in 2017. On the culinary side, having lived and studied in Aix-en-Provence, France, Jamie is publishing the book Jamie's Road: Cooking in a Crowded Life.
As a major advocate for contemporary art, Jamie is committed to supporting emerging artistic talent, especially from the Los Angeles area. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), as well as its Finance Committee. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Trustees of The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and its Marketing and Governance and Nominating Committees and is Co-Chair of MOCA's Long Range Planning Committee. She is also a member of the Board of the Centre Pompidou Foundation and its Executive Committee.
Passion with Purpose
A proud supporter of Israel and the worldwide Jewish community, Jamie McCourt studied comparative law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and is a recipient of the Scopus award, the highest humanitarian honor conferred by the American Friends of the Hebrew University. Past Scopus laureates include Steven Spielberg, Ted Turner, Gregory Peck, Barbra Streisand and Elie Wiesel. In addition, she is an Executive Member of the Maccabi World Union Board of Trustees and a Patron of the 2017 Maccabiah games.
Jamie graduated from Georgetown University and served as a chairman of Georgetown's Third Century Campaign, which raised more than a billion dollars for that institution. As a testament to her own belief in education as the great equalizer, Jamie has a B.A. from Georgetown University, a diploma from the Sorbonne in Paris, a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, and an M.S. in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an institution that remains an important influence and source of collaboration in her professional career.
Jamie currently serves on the UCLA Anderson School of Management's Board of Advisors as well as the North American Executive Board at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Board of Councilors of the USC Thornton School of Music. In addition, she is a member of UNICEF's Southern California Regional Board and recently traveled with the US Fund for UNICEF to the Middle East, where she visited the Jordanian Za'atari refugee camp.
As well, Jamie was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. She also joined the Board of Directors of Business Executives for National Security, a non-profit through which senior business leaders advise the U.S. government on many difficult national security challenges. She is also a Sustaining Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.
The proud mother of four sons, Jamie is an avid swimmer and a passionate advocate of California’s business and cultural communities.
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