Bruce Levenson: The NBA and beyond

Bruce Levenson: The NBA and beyond Many people know the names of many team owners in the NBA but not a lot of people know them besides their title as “team owner.” This article is about one of the most prolific owners in the NBA, Bruce Levenson. Bruce Levenson was born in Washington DC but grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He attended college at Washington University in St. Louis and is a graduate from the law school of American University. Levanson began a journalism career while in college at Washington State. Levenson later co-founded the United Communications Group (UCG) with Ed Peskowitz in 1977. UCG launched data bases including Oil Price Information Service. UCG specializes in data, news, and analysis for the healthcare, energy, mortage banking, technology, and telecommunications industries. In 2004, Levenson and Peskowitz became majority partners of the NBA basketball team, the Atlanta Hawks. The deal also included Atlanta’s hockey team the Atlanta Thrashers, however they sold the Thrashers in 2011. Levenson is the team’s managing partner and is also one of the members of the NBA Board of Governors. In 2012, Danny Ferry was hired as the Hawks president and general manager. Ferry played for the Cleveland Cavaliers and was also general manager of the Cavaliers. Ferry was also vice president of the San Antonio Spurs. In 2014, Levenson and the Atlanta Hawks went to the Holocaust Memorial in his home town of Wasington DC. Levenson’s mother in law is a Holocaust survivor accompanied them and spoke of her trying times during the Holocaust. In 2014, Levenson made plans to sell his part of ownership of the team. Levenson is a founding board member of Tech Target and is also on their Board of Directors. Levenson served as a director of the company from 1999 to 2012. Levenson is involved with several organizations such as the Community Foundation of Washington D.C. and the Hoop Dreams Foundation. He served as president of an organization that helps low income children pursue higher education, the organization is called the I Have A Dream Foundation. Levenson donates regularly to the U.S. Holocaust Museum and funds the Bringing the Lessons Home program. This program teaches inner city students the events of the Holocaust and trains them to be tour guides at the Museum. Levenson makes donations to other organizations such as the SEED foundation and Seeds of Peace. He supports several Jewish organizations such as Birthright Israel, the Jewish Federation, The Jewish Youth Philanthropy Institute, and BBYO. In 2013, Levenson sent a letter to the Israeli Prime Minister urging him to work closely with US Secretary of State John Kerry in regards to Israel’s need for security. Levenson and his wife own homes in Atlanta and Maryland and have three sons.