Tony M. Brown
Tony has been HOLA’s Executive Director since 2007. He also serves as a member of the Communications, Development, Finance, Nominating, Space Planning and Strategic Planning Committees of HOLA’s Board of Directors. He began his relationship with HOLA in 1992, creating athletics and enrichment programs after earning a B.A. from LMU’s College of Communications. He then moved into the classroom where he taught numerous grade levels at schools around the country and served as the athletic director and a coach for private schools, while owning and managing several successful camp programs. After several years of teaching, Tony obtained his Master’s Degree from the University of Tennessee in Sports Management/Marketing and went on to work at Fox Sports Radio & Clear Channel in Marketing/Advertising sales for the Lakers, Dodgers, Clippers, Angels and UCLA. While there, he created nearly $1 million in new business sales.
In 2003, he returned to HOLA as the Director of Development before moving into the Executive Director position. Tony, a Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Center for Social Innovation Fellow, serves as the President of the University of Tennessee’s College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Dean’s Board of Advisors. For several years, he also served on Pepperdine University’s American Humanics Scholars Board. He has received a number of awards, including recognition in 2009 by the Center for Non-Profit Management for his work as a social innovator.In 2010, Tony was awarded LMU’s Distinguished Alumni Award for his service in the community. In 2011, he was awarded the “Local Hero” award by Bank of America for keeping kids away from gangs and off the streets and he was also recognized by KTLA as a “Hometown Hero” for his service to at-risk and underserved youth. He received the Leadership Excellence Award at the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2012 Nonprofit & Corporate Citizenship Awards ceremony. In 2014, Tony received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Tennessee’s College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, where he was also honored to deliver the commencement address to the College’s graduating class. In 2015, Tony was named to Town & Country’s Annual List of Top 50 Philanthropists, and in 2016 he was named by the Rules Committee of the California State Senate as a member of the Advisory Committee on Before and After School Programs.