Meet the Athletes for Hope team
Chief Executive Officer
Ivan has represented athletes for the majority of his career, starting with Proserv, Inc. in 1983. At Proserv, Ivan’s clients included Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras, Stefan Edberg, Arthur Ashe, Yannick Noah, and various other professional athletes. Ivan served as the General Counsel and Managing Director of ProServ and was a member of the Board. After ProServ was acquired by SFX/Clear Channel, Ivan became the President of Athlete Representation and managed the representation of over 750 athletes in nine sports.
Prior to becoming the CEO of Athletes for Hope, Ivan served as a senior consultant to SFX Sports and represented Andre Agassi. In addition, Ivan serves on the Board of the Andre Agassi Foundation, serves on the Board and as the volunteer Vice-Chairman of Hope and a Home, a charitable organization in the District of Columbia for at-risk families. Ivan is a 1980 graduate of Hobart College and a 1983 graduate of Washington University School of Law.
Chief Operating Officer
Jason oversees the day-to-day management of AFH and key strategic partnerships with organizations such as the Gates Foundation and Nike, Inc. Jason joined Athletes for Hope on the first day it opened its doors in 2006 and has played a pivotal role in a multitude of areas within the organization.
Jason is the head coach of the track and cross country teams at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, co-founder of the MoCo Track Club, and serves on the board of the Grassroot Project, Hope for Henry, and the University of Pennsylvania Track & Field Team. In 2015, Jason was inducted into the Walt Whitman H.S. Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 2016, he was named a Brooks Running Inspiring Coach of the Year Finalist, won the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Community Leadership Award, and was inducted into the JCCGW Sports Hall of Fame. Jason is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education (M.S. in Counseling).
Chris works with professional, Olympic and college athletes to help them discover their charitable passions and guide them on their personal philanthropic journeys. Chris joined Athletes for Hope in 2009 and has helped hundreds of athletes connect to charitable causes throughout the United States and increase sports philanthropy.
Chris graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Legal Studies, Political Science, and Sociology. Shortly after graduating, Chris joined the United States Peace Corps, where he served for two years as a youth development volunteer at a small community center in Central Morocco. Upon his return to Wisconsin, Chris dedicated his time to non-profit organizations in the Madison area, such as the Boys and Girls Club and The Wisconsin Early Autism Project. In the fall of 2006, Chris enrolled in the Trinity Fellowship Graduate Program at Marquette University and began his tenure with the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee.
As the Athlete Manager, Brandon helps to connect AFH’s professional and Olympic athlete base with charitable opportunities around the world. In addition, he helps manage the organization’s media strategy through various social media platforms.
Brandon received a master’s degree in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California Santa Cruz, where he played 4 years on the men’s basketball team.
Program Coordinator, AFH University
Kenya works closely with college athletes in her role with the AFH University Program. As Program Coordinator, Kenya helps LSU & Southern University varsity athletes discover and connect with charitable opportunities in the Baton Rouge community.
Prior to joining Athletes for Hope, Kenya has been committed to public service as she serves as a regional recruitment manager for City Year. Kenya graduated from Southern University and A&M College with a bachelor in biological sciences and a master of public administration. Her passion for service began during her reign as Miss Southern University 2010-2011. She served as Executive Director of Up ‘Til Dawn, a St. Jude Children’s Hospital collegiate fundraising endeavor and a Girl Scouts outreach leader.
Suzanne Potts LMSW, MPH
National Director, AFH University
Suzanne oversees the AFH University program, which educates college athletes about smart philanthropy and connects them to charitable opportunities across various communities. Suzanne was most recently the Executive Director for the Autism Society of Texas. She serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Texas, Austin School of Social Work and is Faculty at the George Washington University Sports Philanthropy Executive Certificate Program.
Suzanne is a graduate of San Diego State University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. She also received dual Masters in Social Work and Masters in Public Health with an emphasis on Maternal and Child Health and is a Licensed Masters Social Worker.
In her role as Athlete Coordinator, Taylor is responsible for ensuring athletes are connected to organizations they are passionate about. To date, some of the initiatives she has worked with athletes and teams to coordinate include, hospital visits, school appearances, food drives, animal welfare events and many more. She is also heavily involved in the organization’s work to advance gender equality in targeted countries internationally.
Taylor received a B.S. in Sport Communication from Indiana University with a focus in broadcasting. She is particularly interested in gender equality and looks forward to furthering the cause one issue at a time. Outside of Athletes for Hope, Taylor loves soccer and enjoys coaching a group of young girls.