Jamie McCourt is a Los Angeles-based entrepreneur, venture capitalist and philanthropist whose proficiency in identifying talent and opportunity has been the foundation for an accomplished career spanning business and baseball.
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, and Yo, the push notification system that has taken Silicon Valley by storm.
As a major advocate for and investor in 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, as well as its Finance Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Centre Pompidou Foundation.
Blazing a Trail
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,” was the first accredited graduate-level leadership course specifically designed for women at a leading U.S. business school. Business education and the role of women in senior management remain priorities.
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 2011, 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. Under her direction, the Dodgers set a club record for single season attendance and won back-to-back division titles for the first time in 30 years.
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.
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, she also has a diploma from the Sorbonne in Paris, a JD from the University of Maryland School of Law, and an MS in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Jamie currently serves on the Executive Board of the UCLA Anderson School of Management as well as the North American Executive Board at the MIT Sloan School of Management. In addition, she serves on the Board of Councilors of the USC Thornton School of Music and is a Sustaining Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. Most recently, Jamie was appointed to 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.
A respected food and wine connoisseur, Jamie is an investor in a variety of culinary ventures including Bouchon of the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group. This past Fall, Jamie celebrated the first harvest at her vineyard, Auberge Road, in Rutherford in Napa Valley, where she is committed to producing a world-class hillside Cabernet Sauvignon.
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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