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JASON M. LEVIEN

CO-CHAIRMAN & CEO

Jason Levien joined D.C. United as its managing general partner in 2012. His initial focus was to develop a new downtown best-in-class soccer specific stadium, something that the organization had been unsuccessful in its attempts at for the two decades prior to his arrival. Levien collaborated with government officials and private developers to embark on the public-private partnership which led to Audi Field, D.C. United’s award-winning 20,000 seat stadium that opened its doors in 2018. Located a mile south of the US Capitol, Audi Field is situated in the fastest growing and soon-to-be most-densely populated neighborhood in the Nation's Capital.

Levien also led the efforts in launching USL Championship Club, Loudoun United, and developing Segra Field, the 5,000 seat stadium in Leesburg, Virginia which opened in 2019, as well as the United Performance Center scheduled to open in Summer 2021.

United was entering its fifth consecutive season without reaching the playoffs when Levien arrived. Since then the club participated in the Eastern Conference Finals, won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and has been much more competitive on the pitch than in the prior half-decade. The club has added a diverse management leadership team including President of Business Operations Danita Johnson, General Manager Lucy Rushton, and Head Coach Hernán Losada.

Levien is an investor in multiple sports properties including Swansea City Football Club. He is also active in real estate, media, sports and technology-focused businesses and, esports. He serves on Major League Soccer's Board of Governors. 

Previously, Levien served as CEO and Managing Partner of the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies and the FedexForum. During his tenure, the team had its most successful run in franchise history, including its most regular season wins and the club's only ever appearance in the Western Conference Finals. During his time with the Grizzlies, ESPN named the club the number one professional sports franchise in North America. Levien served as an NBA Alternate Governor.

Levien graduated from Pomona College where he was a member of the basketball team. He received a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School, serving as a law review editor. He earned a Master's in Public Policy from the University of Michigan. Levien served as a judicial law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit and subsequently worked as an attorney at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C.

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STEPHEN KAPLAN

CO-CHAIRMAN

Stephen Kaplan is a Co-Founder of Oaktree Capital Group LLC (NYSE OAK) a global alternative investment management firm. He currently serves as an Advisory Partner at Oaktree having retired from day to day activities in 2016 to pursue investments in sports and entertainment. He is currently the Chairman of Nalpak Capital, LLC, the family office he created with his wife Jean. 

In addition to D.C. United, Mr. Kaplan serves as Co-Managing Partner of Swansea City Football Club. He is an owner of multiple other sports franchises and sports related investments, and is a founding owner of the esports organization, Immortals. He also serves on Major League Soccer's Board of Governors. Mr. Kaplan was previously the Co-Chairman of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Mr. Kaplan joined Oaktree at its inception in 1995, having previously served as a managing director of Trust Company of the West. Prior to joining TCW in 1993, he was a partner with the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. 

Mr. Kaplan has served on numerous public and private boards during his career and presently serves on the board of Townsquare Media, Inc. (NYSE TSQ). 

In addition, he currently serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Foundation and the New York University School of Law Foundation.

Mr. Kaplan graduated with a B.S. degree in political science summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a J.D. from the New York University School of Law.