Santa Clara University

2013-2014 President's Speaker Series

Jed York

A Conversation with Jed York

Why are some professional sports complexes symbiotic with their surrounding community and others seem to be at odds? What does a football franchise owe its neighbors and vice versa?

January 15, 2014
7:30 p.m. @ Mayer Theatre
Jed York

Today, there may not be a hotter ticket in the Bay Area than the San Francisco 49ers. Jed York is in his fourth year as chief executive officer of the football team, and, during this time, has overseen an organizational renaissance. Over the past two seasons the 49ers have not only succeeded on the field, with a trip to the Super Bowl, but the team has broken ground on a new stadium and announced that it will be the site of the Super Bowl in 2016.

York spearheaded a successful ballot measure for the first LEED-certified NFL stadium in 2010. He also helped make the team’s new home, Levi’s Stadium, a reality by securing $200 million in NFL support and plans to make innovation and sustainability the primary areas of focus for the project. This includes building one of the NFL’s strongest wireless internet connections and developing software, including a mobile app, that will allow fans to have a paper-less, cash-less game day experience.

Born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, York attended the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a degree in finance and history. Before joining the 49ers, York began his career as a financial analyst at Guggenheim Partners, a diversified financial services firm. York also serves as a board member at Tipping Point Community, the Commonwealth Club, Bay Area Council, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Join us for a conversation with San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York about the future of football in the Bay Area and how the team’s new Santa Clara stadium will rely on the innovation of Silicon Valley to build the world’s smartest stadium.

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