Michael Crowley, one of the rising executives in professional sports today, enters his 12th year with the Athletics' organization and his 11th as team president. He was named to his current position Sept. 28, 1998 and his tenure as president ranks second longest in Oakland history (since 1968).
A limited partner in the Athletics ownership group, Crowley is responsible for the overall day-to-day functioning of the Athletics' organization both on the business and baseball sides of the operation, working directly with owner and managing partner Lew Wolff.
In a dual role, Crowley also serves as president of the Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes. He oversaw the Earthquakes' first-year launch in 2008, and he continues to spearhead the team's efforts to build a new state-of-the-art, soccer-only stadium in San Jose.
After spending three years in the San Jose office of Price Waterhouse and nine years with I.C.I./Fuller O'Brien Paints, Crowley joined the Athletics organization in July 1997 as vice president and chief financial officer. Considered a key figure in the A's resurgence as one of baseball's elite franchises, Crowley has been committed to fielding a championship caliber team with homegrown talent. He works closely with General Manager Billy Beane on key player decisions and issues relating to the baseball operations' overall objectives and philosophies.
Crowley has developed a business model with goals and objectives designed to provide an affordable entertainment product on the field, as well as delivering the absolute highest levels of customer service to fans attending games at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum. While Crowley stays involved with all aspects of the organization's business affairs, including finance, sales, marketing, public relations and community affairs, he has been at the forefront of building an outstanding team that continues to deliver premium value.
Crowley's leadership skills and business acumen were evident, playing an instrumental role in the negotiations surrounding the team's acquisition of a 143-acre parcel of land in Fremont, the future home of Cisco Field. He continues to take a lead role in the development of the ballpark and surrounding village.
The A's president also perpetuates the Athletics' tradition of commitment to the greater community. Under his leadership, the A's organization continues to be active in the Oakland community and surrounding areas. The Oakland A's Community Fund supports charitable organizations in their efforts to improve educational programs, aid the underprivileged, assist in crime prevention, service children, seniors and those who work to improve the quality of life throughout the Bay Area.
In 1999, Crowley and his wife, Kathy, played a key role in implementing Breast Cancer Awareness Day, which has raised over $1 million for the American Cancer Society over the last 10 years. Crowley currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), which aims to create a respected, influential and nationwide family of schools that are successful in helping educationally underserved students develop the knowledge, skills and character to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond. He also served on the board of top business executives and community leaders which attempted to land the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in the Bay Area.
A native Californian, the 45-year old Crowley graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1985 with a degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting. He earned his MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business in 1992. In November of 2002, Crowley was named one of Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal's "40 Under 40", honoring the nation's top sport executives under the age of 40.
Michael resides in Cupertino, Calif., with his wife, Kathy, and their three children.
Past Presidents of the Oakland A's
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