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School of International and Public Affairs
Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Todd Jacobson is Adjunct Associate Professor at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. He also serves on the National Board of Directors for Prevent Child Abuse America and Maccabi USA, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF New York Regional Board, the Beyond Sport Advisory Panel, and on the UJA Sports for Youth Executive Committee.

As Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility for the National Basketball Association, Todd Jacobson oversees the NBA, WNBA, and NBA Development League social responsibility efforts, community partnerships, and public service initiatives.  He also directs the league’s government affairs, including the White House and State Department relationships managing the league’s communication and engagement. 

Since joining the NBA in 2000, Jacobson has managed the launch and execution of the NBA Cares platform, led the development of the NBA’s international community outreach initiatives, and created the community relations program for the NBA Development League.

Prior to joining the NBA, Jacobson served as Acting Director of Central Recreation for the New York City Parks & Recreation Department. 

Jacobson graduated from Cornell University, where he was a four-year letter winner in soccer.  He also holds an M.P.A. in advanced management and finance from Columbia University.  Jacobson lives in Manhattan with his wife Jana and their son Ari.


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