Senior of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP
Former NFL Commissioner
Paul Tagliabue served with distinction as NFL Commissioner for 17 years, from 1989 to 2006. He subsequently chaired the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Independent Advisory Committee to assess and revise the Committee’s governance structure and management responsibilities. Since 2006, he has been a member of the Georgetown University Board of Trustees serving as chair for six years. He has also served on many non-profit boards dealing with educational and community development issues, including the United Way of America and the National Urban League. Tagliabue has received numerous awards, including the NCAA’s Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Award (2007); Jackie Robinson Foundation, Humanitarian Award (2012); and the Sport Business Journal’s Sport Business Lifetime Achievement Award (2012). Tagliabue attended Georgetown University on an athletic scholarship, was the Hoyas’ basketball team captain and received scholar-athlete honors, graduating in 1962. He earned his law degree with honors at NYU Law School, and is now senior of counsel at the Covington and Burling law firm.