Expertise: Mission-Driven Sports Strategy and Thought Leadership
Ronnie Lott is a businessman, philanthropist, former professional football player and member of the Pro Football, College Football, and USC Athletics Hall of Fame. Lott attended the University of Southern California, where he graduated with a degree in Public Administration. He helped the Trojans win a National Championship and was named a consensus All-American safety in his senior year. He was selected eighth overall by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1981 NFL Draft. Over the course of his 14-year NFL career, he excelled as a cornerback, free safety and strong safety and concluded his playing career as a 4x Super Bowl champion, 10x Pro Bowl selection, 8x First-Team All-Pro, and 2x league interceptions leader. Lott’s post-NFL pursuits, particularly as a private equity investor, led USA Today to call him “one of the most successful athletes at making the transition to business.” He first co-founded HRJ Capital, an investment management platform, serving as managing partner until the company’s acquisition. He later founded Lott Auto Ventures, which currently operates a number of car dealerships in California. In addition to being a member of Applied Silver’s Athlete Advisory Council, Lott is on the advisory board of GSV Advisors, Saama Technologies, Inc. and Eight Partners. He is a consultant for TVU Networks and H. Barton Asset Management group. His foundation All Stars Helping Kids seeks to disrupt the cycle of poverty and encourage innovation by seed funding startup nonprofits in the Bay Area.