Vice President, Philanthropic Partnerships
Jeff Pacini, Vice President of Philanthropic Partnerships, is responsible for expanding the engagement and fundraising business for Legends. The Legends Engagement & Philanthropy vertical delivers increased engagement and donations for higher education institutions and a variety of industries that rely on philanthropic support from donors.
Jeff joined Legends from the American Heart Association (AHA) where he served as National Development Director for Cycling. In this role he started a national series of road and stationary cycling events to support the mission of reducing deaths worldwide due to heart disease and stroke. During his time, Jeff successfully launched events in more than 30 markets across the country that resulted in more than $10M to support the mission.
Prior to the AHA Jeff was Vice President of Business Development for the nonprofit Greater Cleveland Sports Commission (GCSC). Jeff successfully recruited more than 30 national events, including the 2015 NCAA DI Men’s Basketball Regional, 2018 NCAA DI Wrestling Championships, 2019 MLB All-Star Game and more, resulting in $200+ million of economic activity across the region.
Jeff was recognized by Crain’s Cleveland Business as a “40 Under 40” honoree in 2013 and has served on the boards of both the Cleveland Leadership Center and America SCORES Cleveland. His passion for education has led him to teaching undergraduate classes at both Baldwin Wallace University and Kent State University to help grow the next generation of leaders in the sports and entertainment industry.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Jeff is a 2002 graduate of The College of Wooster and received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Sports Administration (MSA) from Ohio University in 2005. Jeff now calls the Dallas-Fort Worth area home, where he resides with his wife, Megan and three children.