2018 Career Networking Panel
Eighth Annual Career Networking Event:
The Business Side of the Sports Industry
Monday, April 23, 2018 • 6:30 - 8:30 PM
This year’s moderator and panelists include:
Josh Alper ’94; P’26 (moderator) has been a contributor to Pro Football Talk (PFT) since 2007. PFT began as a website, but has grown to create content on radio, television, and other platforms both before and after it entered into a partnership with NBC in 2009. Josh began his professional career at the William Morris Agency before moving into writing for his own website, The Feed. He moved on to cover a variety of sports for AOL and NBC Local Media before joining PFT. After graduating from Riverdale, Josh received his BA from University of Michigan.
Cipora Herman ’91 is currently the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of an early-stage startup. She also serves as an advisor and board member for technology companies at all stages of growth. From October 2012 to April 2016, she served as Chief Financial Officer for the National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers, and was the first woman named to that position in team history. In her role at the 49ers, Cipora directed the finance, legal, human resources, information technology and community relations functions of the team. In 2013, she led the team responsible for securing the long-term financing for Levi’s® Stadium. Prior to joining the 49ers, Cipora was the Vice President of Finance and Treasurer at Facebook, Inc. During her time at Facebook, she was responsible for directing the day-to-day operations of the corporate finance and treasury teams. She led numerous rounds of capital raising both debt and equity, established the global banking infrastructure, and built the budgeting and forecasting framework. In addition, from June 2003 to September 2007, she served in various finance positions at Yahoo! Inc. Cipora holds an AB in International Relations, an MA in International Development Policy, and an MBA, all from Stanford University. She lives in Los Gatos, CA, with her husband, and two children.
Andy MacPhail ’72 has been the president of the Phildelphia Phillies since 2015.During his tenure, he has initiated aesthetic and technological upgrades to both Citizens Bank Park and Spectrum Field, the Phillies’ spring training home in Clearwater, FL, while overseeing a significant expansion of Baseball Operations capabilities. From 2007 to 2011, Andy was president of baseball operations for the Baltimore Orioles. In his role, he oversaw all aspects of major league, minor league, and scouting operations for the ball club. Andy was also president and CEO of the Chicago Cubs from 1994 to 2006. During that time, he made it to the post-season twice, including 2003, when the club won its first postseason series since 1908. Prior to joining the Cubs, he served as executive vice president and general manager of the Minnesota Twins for nine seasons. In Andy’s nine seasons as the Twins’ GM, Minnesota won two World Series championships, in 1987 and 1991. When he was named the GM in 1985, at age 32, he was the youngest person to ever hold that position in the majors. He has been honored by The Sporting News as its 1991 Major League Executive of the Year; earned United Press International’s American League Executive of the Year award; and in 2017, the Twins announced Andy as an inductee to the club’s Hall of Fame. Born in Bronxville, NY, Andy is a 1976 graduate of Dickinson College. He and his wife, Lark, have two sons.
Jeffrey Pash FT; P’14,’10 joined the National Football League in January 1997, and is currently executive vice president. In that capacity, he serves as the League’s principal in-house counsel and oversees relations, security and internal audit. Prior to joining the NFL, Jeff was Senior Vice President and General Counsel at the National Hockey League, where he served as the senior legal and policy advisor to Commissioner Gary Bettman. He began his professional career with the Washington, DC, firm Covington & Burling, where he practiced law from 1980 to 1993, becoming partner in the firm in 1988. While at Covington & Burling, he was heavily involved in the firm’s sports practice, and worked on a wide range of litigation, labor and other matters for the NFL and other clients in the firm. Jeff has taught sports law as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School, and as a lecturer at the University of Virginia Law School. He has also appeared on numerous programs sponsored by the American Bar Association, Practicing Law Institute, Sports Lawyers Association and other academic and professional organizations. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Jeff and his wife, Betsy, live in New York with their four children.
Steve Tisch P'18,'18 is an Academy-award winning producer, partner at Escape Artists Productions, Chairman, co-owner of the New York Football Giants, and a committed philanthropist. He is the only person with both an Oscar and a Super Bowl ring, winning Best Picture for Forrest Gump in 1994, and receiving two Super Bowl rings as chairman of the Giants for Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. For more than four decades, Steve has successfully produced compelling stories in film and television. As Chairman of the NY Giants, Steve worked closely on the planning and construction of MetLife Stadium, which was completed in the spring of 2010 and, since that time, has been ranked as the number-one grossing stadium in the world four times. Steve, and co-owner John Mara, were named Best NFL Owners by Forbes in 2011. Steve also helped win the successful bid to bring Super Bowl XLVIII to the New York City metropolitan area in February 2014. In addition, Steve contributes his time and resources to a variety of organizations in arts, health, and education including a leadership gift to the David Geffen School of Medicine for the, the single largest donation from an individual to a medical center for a concussion-related initiative. The gift establishes the world’s most sophisticated research, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment program for concussions and brain injuries with a particular emphasis on young athletes. Steve is a graduate of Tufts University and resides in both Los Angeles and New York City.
Andrew Lustgarten ’95; P ’29 is President of The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG). He is responsible for driving both internal and external opportunities for growth. He oversees MSG’s entertainment and sports bookings and productions businesses, as well as all aspects of the business operations of the Company’s professional sports franchises. The Company’s signature assets consist of some of the nation’s most dynamic and powerful sports and entertainment brands. In addition, MSG owns and operates professional sports teams, the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty. Before being named President in 2017, Andrew served for three years as Executive Vice President of corporate development and strategy. Andrew also spent seven years at the National Basketball Association, where he served as Senior Vice President, global strategy, and before that, Special Assistant to the Commissioner. He played a key role in the negotiation of the league’s landmark media rights deals and collective bargaining agreement. In March 2014, Andrew was named to Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 list of the most influential executives in sports under 40 years old. He also serves on the board of governors for the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League on behalf of the New York Knicks and New York Rangers. Andrew earned an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, and received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in New York with his wife and three children.