Tavio served as Corporate Partnership manager for the LA Clippers. In his first 120 days he secured the largest corporate partnership deal in Clipper history. Tavio is helping transform the Clippers franchise into a global brand by leveraging corporations’ brands via the Clippers’ partner platforms. In November 2015, he was recognized by the NBA as 1 of 29 emerging NBA team executives.
Tavio’s leadership in sports and community are rooted in his humble upbringing in Washington. His father, a long-time coach in his community, and mother, a child care provider for 30 years, shaped his worldview on how sports and youth development go hand in hand. Growing up, the disparity of race, culture, and socioeconomic status between Tavio and his private school peers were common themes that often spurred him to action when faced with inequality and repression such as organizing the first school-sponsored celebrations of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month. This leadership and passion for his community led to his election as the first black student body president of his Preparatory High School. He focused on these themes again when he returned to his grade school alma mater, St. Joseph School, in 2013 as the graduation keynote.
Sports became a natural outlet for Tavio and after returning from playing basketball at the Division I level, he founded a community-based, after-school youth development program for student-athletes from 4th-12th grade.
Tavio received his BA from Sacred Heart University and his Executive Masters in Leadership from the Georgetown McDonough School of Business. In 2015, Tavio was selected as one of 34 of more than 700 nominations to represent the United States across the sectors of business, government, and civil society as a Marshall Memorial Fellow. The Marshall Memorial Fellowship is German Marshall Fund’s flagship leadership development program. Created in 1982 to introduce a new generation of leaders from the United States to Europe.
Since moving to Los Angeles, Tavio sits on the boards of the Los Angeles Southwest College Foundation, Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAACC), and Watts-Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club. He continues to look for ways to positively impact his community through public and private sectors.
Outside of his passion for education and helping his local community, Tavio Hobson is also interested in sales, marketing, and real estate development. He is involved with a number of real estate projects in his hometown Seattle and is excited to continue developing his real estate portfolio. In 2006, Tavio teamed up with a long-time friend and business partner Taylor Noren to begin investing in real estate projects throughout Seattle. The duo has worked to develop multi-family homes, townhomes, and apartment buildings throughout the city.