Lon Babby elected to ACF Board of Directors
Lon Babby, former President of Basketball Operations for the Phoenix Suns, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Arizona Community Foundation.
During a six-year relationship with the Suns that began in 2010, Babby guided the team through a transition period with a focus on building for the future. His tenure also brought upgrades to the team’s medical and training staff, now regarded as an industry leader, and an increased emphasis on the innovative use of analytics.
Prior to joining the Suns, Babby was one of the industry’s most successful and well-regarded player agents. He entered player representation in 1994 and his clients included Ray Allen, Shane Battier, Tim Duncan and Grant Hill, a three-time winner of the NBA Sportsmanship Award. Babby also represented marquee Major League Baseball players and the WNBA’s Tamika Catchings.
With almost 35 years as a practicing attorney at Washington D.C.-based Williams & Connolly, LLP, Babby was identified as one of Washington’s Top Lawyers for media and sports law by Washingtonian magazine, one of the 20 Most Influential Agents in the nation by Sports Business Journal and one of the 100 most powerful in sports by The Sporting News.
“Lon’s extensive background in law and business and the insights that come from his experience in the sports community are of tremendous value to the Arizona Community Foundation and the Jerry Colangelo Center for Sports Philanthropy,” said Shelley Cohn, chair of the ACF Board of Directors. “He will be a great addition to our board.”
A graduate of Lehigh University and Yale Law School and former editor of Yale Law Journal, Babby has served as an adjunct professor of law at George Washington University Law School. He began his career as a litigator and handled several high-profile cases including the defense of John Hinckley, Jr., who shot President Reagan. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and in 2007 was elected to the Greater Washington D.C. Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Babby is the incoming Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Phoenix chapter of the Positive Coaching Alliance and a Vice Chair for the Board of Directors of the Phoenix Symphony. He joined the Be A Leader Foundation to mentor high school students.
Arizona Community Foundation Board members serve three-year terms, renewable up to two times.