Jason M. Levien
Co-Chairman & CEO
Jason Levien was named a majority owner of D.C. United in 2012 and is currently the Co-Chairman and CEO of the MLS franchise. During his time with the team, he has led the efforts that resulted in the building of Audi Field, D.C. United’s new 20,000 seat state-of-the-art stadium.
United was entering its fifth consecutive season without reaching the playoffs when Levien arrived. Since then, D.C. United has reached the Eastern Conference Finals and won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup while making the playoffs four times during that span. Levien is an investor in multiple sports properties including Swansea City Football Club who have been playing in the English Premier League for seven of the last nine years. Levien is also an investor in real estate and sports and technology-focused businesses including in autonomous video production and esports. He serves on Major League Soccer's Board of Governors and is co-chair of the Business Development Committee.
Previously, Levien served as CEO and Managing Partner of the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies and the FedexForum. During his tenure, the team had their most successful period 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 them the number one professional sports franchise in North America. He also served as an NBA Alternate Governor during his time working in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies.
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. before founding his own company.
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.