Notable Minority Executives: Arvind Gopalratnam

Vice President of corporate social responsibility, Milwaukee Bucks

  • Category: Notable Minority Executives
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 5
  • Undergrad degree/university: Journalism/University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Graduate degree/university: Strategic Public Relations/George Washington University

Arvind Gopalratnam is the vice president of corporate social responsibility for the Milwaukee Bucks and the executive director of the Milwaukee Bucks Foundation. The only Indian-American social responsibility leader in the NBA, he leads the Milwaukee Bucks’ strategic social responsibility and philanthropic efforts.

His leadership has been felt in a number of areas:

  • The Milwaukee Bucks Foundation brought in more than $2 million, granted to more than 30 Wisconsin non-profits, many of which benefit youth development.
  • Bucks players have developed relationships with non-profits over multiple years as opposed to single appearances, including the nearly $750,000 of philanthropic support provided by players in the past 12 months.
  • A $500,000 emergency relief fund was created for part-time Bucks employees impacted by COVID-19.
  • Opening of Fiserv Forum for the manufacturing/distribution of more than 3 million masks in an eight-week span.
  • Distribution of $150,000 worth of food for communities in need.
  • Partnered with the Represent Justice Campaign and filmmakers of “Just Mercy” in support of a new NBA initiative, “Play for Justice.”
  • Participation in Team Up for Change, a national thought-leadership effort started by the Bucks and the Sacramento Kings.
  • Bucks Vote campaign, a platform to empower people to vote.

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