On Nov. 17, 2016, David Kaval was named the seventh president in the history of the Oakland Athletics.
Kaval has implemented a number of initiatives to connect with fans and community stakeholders, including hosting weekly office hours, participating in town hall meetings, posting blog and Facebook Live updates and communicating via Twitter and Instagram at @DaveKaval.
He also immediately began working on the fan experience at the Oakland Coliseum by making upgrades to club areas, introducing new food options and lowering beer prices. Under Dave's leadership, the team unveiled "Championship Plaza," a new fan destination on the plaza outside the Coliseum, which features gourmet food trucks, seating, games and beer stands. The team also removed the tarps on the upper deck, allowing fans to experience the entire stadium for the first time in more than a decade.
As the team looks toward the future, Kaval has also created initiatives and programs to honor and celebrate the team's history, including naming the playing surface at the Coliseum "Rickey Henderson Field," honoring the career of Hall of Fame A's broadcaster Bill King and hiring Henderson as a special assistant and Dennis Eckersley as a special alumni assistant.
Additionally, Kaval has been vocal about the team's commitment to Oakland and is leading the efforts to open a new ballpark in Oakland and increase the organization's community impact throughout Oakland and the Bay Area.
Kaval also currently serves as the president of the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer. He oversees the business and soccer sides of the franchise and represents the club on the Major League Soccer Board of Governors.
During his time with the Quakes, Kaval has led a transformation of the organization both on and off the pitch, elevating the stature and awareness of the club. It began with the Quakes winning the 2012 Supporters' Shield, which is awarded to the MLS team with the best regular season record, and culminated in the opening of Avaya Stadium-the Quakes' $100M privately financed soccer stadium-on March 22, 2015.
In addition to events at Avaya Stadium, Kaval spearheaded the creation of one of the Bay Area's signature annual sporting events at Stanford Stadium. The Earthquakes play the LA Galaxy every summer at Stanford in the California Clásico, an event that has sold out with 50,000 fans for the past five years.
Kaval developed the innovative $20M naming rights partnership with Avaya, which helped create the world's first cloud-enabled stadium and some of the fastest WiFi speeds of any sports venue open today.
Prior to joining the Earthquakes, Kaval founded the independent Golden Baseball League (GBL) in 2003. Memorable GBL alumni include Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson, Jose Canseco, Daniel Nava, Jose Lima, and Mark Prior. Kaval has also spent time in the Office of the President of the United States in Washington, D.C., where he worked on the National Security budget as part of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
He serves on a number of boards, including the San Jose Sports Authority, San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, the Bay Area Council, and Rocketship Education. Additionally, he serves on the National Governing Board of the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) and is a member of San Jose Rotary and the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO).
In 2000, Kaval co-authored a book entitled "The Summer that Saved Baseball," which highlighted a tour of all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums in the summer of 1998. He is also a lecturer in management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) where he teaches sports management.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Kaval earned a B.A. with honors in International Relations and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. He is a long-time resident of Menlo Park and lives there with his wife and two daughters.