Donald E. Lassere joined the Muhammad Ali Center in 2012. In his role as CEO, Mr. Lassere is responsible for fostering the Center's mission, building and expanding upon the Center's educational programs, partnerships, and other outreach initiatives. Among his many accomplishments during his brief tenure, Mr. Lassere has facilitated a comprehensive rebranding process and implemented a strategic plan that has focused the Center on three primary program areas, Education, Global Citizenship and Gender Equality.
In addition, Mr. Lassere, launched the Muhammad Ali Global Humanitarian Awards. The Humanitarian awards are designed to inspire and encourage young people worldwide to become actively involved in social justice issues that are impacting their communities, countries and the world.
Prior to joining the Muhammad Ali Center, Mr. Lassere was Senior Vice President of Programs at Scholarship America where he oversaw Scholarship Management Services (SMS). SMS administers over 1,200 scholarship, tuition reimbursement and education assistance programs and distributes over $160M annually in private education assistance. In addition, Mr. Lassere provided oversight for the organization's grassroots programs, including Dollars for Scholars (DFS) which had over 35,000 volunteers throughout the country.
Prior to his tenure at Scholarship America, Mr. Lassere spent over 20 years working at national and international corporations for profit corporations, including Gallup Consulting, Enron Corporation, Ernst & Young Consulting and Verizon.
Mr. Lassere currently serves as the Chair for the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau. He also serves on the advisory board for the Family Business Center.
Mr. Lassere holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco.