THE GOVERNOR’S BALL MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Governors Ball Music Festival is New York City’s premier music, arts, and food festival. Held annually on Randall’s Island, the multi faceted event brings together some of the biggest names in Rock, Pop, Hip-Hop, Electronic, and more for 3 unforgettable days in early June. Deemed New York City’s “premier outdoor pop event” by The New York Times, and “New York City’s best music festival” by New York magazine, The Governors Ball is routinely heralded as one of the top live music events in North America and the world at large. Founders Entertainment is the creator, promoter, and producer of the annual Governors Ball Music Festival. Established in January of 2011 by former employees of Superfly Productions and ICM and Paradigm Talent Agencies, Founders was launched with the sole mission of bringing its hometown of New York City a major festival that celebrated the very best in live music. Having grown Gov Ball from the one day, two stage special event it was in 2011 to the three day, four stage festival it is today, Founders has gone on to launch additional festivals and events around the city, as well as build out its for hire business, which includes special event management, talent buying, sponsorship procurement, and social media consulting, among others.
CHAMPION FOR CHILDREN HONOREE
Carli Lloyd is an American soccer player, two-time Olympic gold medalist, FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, 2015 FIFA Player of the Year and 2016 FIFA Player of the Year. She currently plays for Sky Blue FC in the NWSL and the United States Women’s National Soccer Team. Lloyd became the first person ever to score three goals in a FIFA Women’s World Cup final, and the second soccer player in history to score a hat trick in any senior FIFA World Cup Final. She also scored the gold medal-winning goals in the finals of the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Olympics.
In 2017 President Obama named Carli a member and Co-chair of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. She published a best-selling memoir in the fall of 2016 titled “When Nobody Was Watching.” Carli serves as mentor and mental toughness coach for her former youth club, the Medford Strikers.
Carli resides in New Jersey with her husband Brian Hollins. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Sport Studies from Rutgers University.
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Doug Williams joined SNY in 2014 and serves as the host of “Baseball Night in New York,” the network’s nightly show covering the Mets, Yankees and news from around the diamond. Williams is also the co-host of “Shea Anything,” a weekly podcast with SNY MLB Insider Andy Martino. In addition, Williams contributes to the network’s sports news programming line-up including the Mets pre and postgame shows, “Geico SportsNite” and SNY’s “Mets Hot Stove.”
Prior to joining SNY, Williams spent a year and a half at the YES Network working on television programming and digital content.
Williams, a Connecticut native, graduated from Elon University in North Carolina in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. He currently resides in Manhattan.
FIELDING DREAMS AWARD
PRESENTED BY JORDAN ZACHARY
Jordan Zachary was named Chief Strategy Officer of Live Nation Entertainment in April 2015. He has previously worked with the company, collaborating on our festival and media strategy and maintaining active involvement with deals, including C3 Presents and VICE.
Most recently, Zachary served as managing director at The Raine Group, a global merchant bank focused on technology, media and telecommunications. In addition to taking on operational and strategic roles with advising executive teams around the world, he has worked in the global media investment banking groups of Lehman Brothers and UBS Investment Bank.
Zachary has also served on the boards of Margaritaville Holdings and C3 Presents, and was an observer on the board of directors of VICE and Important Studios.
Zachary graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University.
CHAMPION FOR CHILDREN AWARD
PRESENTED BY SUNIL GULATI
Sunil Gulati is the Michael Dakolias senior lecturer in economics at Columbia University, and a worldwide leader in the sport of soccer. Before joining Columbia’s full-time faculty, Sunil worked with the World Bank’s Young Professionals Program, serving as a country economist for Moldova. He served three terms as US Soccer President, bringing more than 30 years of experience at all levels of soccer.
Sunil was a member of the bid committee for the 1994 FIFA World Cup and currently serves on the US bid for the 2026 World Cup. He also served on the Board of FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 1999 and 2003. Sunil is a Director of the US Soccer Foundation, serves on the FIFA and CONCACAF Councils, and is a Trustee of Bucknell University and of the Randall’s Island Park Alliance.
Sunil and his wife, Marcela, have one son, Emilio, and one daughter, Sofia. They live in New York City.