Meet the Team
Founder & President
Jonathan Mariner is a private investor, entrepreneur, and independent board member with more than two decades of experience working in major league sports.
Jonathan retired from Major League Baseball (MLB) in 2015. Prior to his retirement, he served as chief investment officer (CIO) for MLB for a year and a half, overseeing approximately $2 billion in combined league-wide pension assets and MLB’s strategic investment fund. He was also president of BASES, the league’s captive insurance company providing property and casualty insurance coverage to all 30 MLB teams and ballparks.
Before serving as CIO, Jonathan spent more than 12 years as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) of MLB, overseeing MLB’s treasury, budgeting, league- and team-related financial reporting, and risk management activities. He also managed MLB’s $2 billion league-wide credit facility and provided quarterly updates at the MLB owner’s meetings on the industry’s financial health.
His career in professional sports started in 1992, with an eight-year stint as executive vice president and CFO of the Florida Marlins Baseball Club. Jonathan concurrently served as vice president and CFO of the Florida Panthers Hockey Club for the team’s initial startup and inaugural seasons in 1993 and 1994, and as vice president and CFO for Pro Player Stadium, the multi-use sports complex that was home to both the Florida Marlins and Miami Dolphins at the time.
Jonathan currently sits on the board of directors of McGraw-Hill Education; the Investor’s Exchange (IEX); and the cloud-based HR and payroll company Ultimate Software.
He is active on a number of charitable, foundation, and advisory boards, including the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate Business School Board of Trustees, Little League Baseball’s board of directors, and the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.
Jonathan graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and received his MBA from Harvard Business School. He’s been featured on the cover of CFO Magazine, and made the top 10 in Sports Illustrated’s annual listing of the “101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports.” Jonathan has been a frequent public speaker on the topic of the business of professional sports, including participating in symposiums at Harvard Business School, the Yale School of Management, Wharton, Princeton, MIT’s Sloan School, NYU’s Stern School, Columbia, the Booth School at the University of Chicago, and the Darden School at the University of Virginia. He’s a former Certified Public Accountant, and has participated in major industry conferences, such as the CFO Forum and the GSV Pioneer Summit.
Amanda Angelini joined First Data in October 2015 as a member of the Business Development leadership team covering First Data’s global and strategic clients and creating new partnerships between First Data and companies and start-ups in the payments and FinTech industry. She established and is the program manager of Commerce.Innovated, a fintech and commerce accelerator jointly run with Silicon Valley Bank.
Amanda is a proven and innovative business expansion and operational executive. She has spent her career creating, marketing and operating new businesses and start-ups initially as an investment banker and then as a media and technology executive and advisor. Amanda was most recently providing strategic advice and consulting to technology companies in the digital media and fintech/payments industries as founder of Accelerate Venture Group. Amanda is also a Venture Partner for NextGen VP New York chapter investing and advising in technology companies.
Prior to that Amanda was President at Binary Event Network, Inc., (BEN) / Pivit, a real-time predictive analytics market / mobile social gaming start-up in New York. At BEN, Amanda was responsible for all aspects of the business, including product/technology, business strategy and revenue, user growth and capital raising. Before joining BEN Amanda was head of business development at USA TODAY Sports Media Group responsible for investments, M&A, partnerships and strategic initiatives across all business platforms. Prior to USA TODAY Sports, Amanda was instrumental in building the digital media business at Major League Soccer/Soccer United Marketing including a cross-platform advertising/sponsorship digital network and mobile apps/livestreaming platforms. Amanda has structured and completed numerous innovative partnerships and acquisitions across multiple digital media and technology platforms driving growth and revenue.
Before transitioning to technology and digital media, Amanda advised, structured and closed multi-billion dollar transactions as an investment banker at Citigroup, Inc. solving complex regulatory, operational and legal issues. She began her career as an attorney with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and a barrister and solicitor at Arnold Bloch Leibler. Amanda holds degrees from Queensland University of Technology, Securities Institute of Australia and New York University.