Donald E. Lassere joined the Muhammad Ali Center in 2012. In his role as President and CEO, he is responsible for fostering the Center’s mission and expanding upon its educational programs, partnerships, and other outreach initiatives. Among his accomplishments, Lassere has facilitated a rebranding process and implemented a strategic plan that has focuses on three primary programmatic areas: Education, Global Citizenship and Gender Equality.
Lassere was instrumental in the creation of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards, a premiere fundraising event that honors the greatness of people around the world. An addendum to the actual awards is a multiple-day celebration at the Ali Center called Days of Greatness.
Mr. Lassere currently serves as the Chair for the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, the advisory board for the Family Business Center and is on the Louisville Downtown Management District Board of Directors.
He holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BS in business administration from the University of San Francisco. Lassere has worked for Enron Corporation, Gallup Consulting, Ernst & Young Consulting, Verizon Wireless, and Scholarship America.
Lassere and his wife, Sarah, have two children: Isabella and Grayson.