Penn Athletics Introduces Alumni Speaker Series

PHILADELPHIA - Penn Athletics is inviting all students to join them for the Penn Athletics Alumni Speaker Series when they arrive back on campus for the spring term!

Prior to three men’s basketball games later this season, the athletic department will host an alum with ties to the basketball programs. The Penn Athletics Alumni Speaker Series is open to the public but is targeted toward current Penn students.

The first speaker will be prior to the Villanova game, which tips off Saturday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. Penn Basketball Sports Board member Jonathan Schwartz, who currently serves as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Government Relations for Univision Communications, Inc. Jonathan will speak in Rockwell Gym (located in the Tse Center, next to The Palestra) starting at 6 p.m.

Penn Athletics also will have alumni speakers prior to Penn’s games against Saint Joseph’s (Saturday, Jan. 24) and Harvard (Saturday, Jan. 31).

About Jonathan Schwartz
Jonathan Schwartz is General Counsel & Executive Vice President OF Government Relations for Univision Communications, Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America.

Prior to joining Univision, Jonathan served as managing director and general counsel for JPMorgan’s Investment Bank. Previously, he spent six years at Cablevision Systems as executive vice president and general counsel. Prior to that, Jonathan held various roles including senior vice president and deputy general counsel of Time Warner Inc., and as general counsel of online music company Napster.

Early in his career, Jonathan worked as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York for five years. He then joined the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where he worked for Attorney General Janet Reno and then Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder. Jonathan also served as a law clerk for Judge Harry T. Edwards on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., and for Justice Thurgood Marshall on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Schwartz graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 with a bachelor’s of science degree in economics. He also was a member of the men’s varsity basketball team. Jonathan received his juris doctorate degree from Stanford Law School in 1986. He was then awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to attend Cambridge University, where he earned a master’s degree in international relations. In 1999, Jonathan was selected as a Fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.

Jonathan is a member of several non-profit boards, including those associated with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the National Center for Law & Economic Justice, Stanford Law School, and University of Pennsylvania Basketball.