Jamaal Lesane ’94
Jamaal Lesane ’94 is Senior Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs, MSG Sports at The Madison Square Garden Company. He lives with his family in Brooklyn.
- Fondest Collegiate memory?
My final play in an Ivy League basketball game, which was an assist to Ted Smith ’96 for a buzzer-beating jump shot to win the league championship. A moment that sparked a celebration, a life-long friendship, and a story that has been told at least twice a year for over 25 years.
- Favorite Collegiate faculty member or class or activity?
Writing. John Beall, Peter Nash, and Lou Frederick taught me how to express my thoughts, feelings, and analysis on paper. Neither my personal nor my professional life would be the same without the teachings of the Collegiate School English Department.
- Biggest challenge you see on the horizon (career, personal, otherwise)?
If nothing else, the pandemic has afforded me an opportunity to spend a ton of quality time with my family. When we return to our pre-pandemic lives (which is hopefully much sooner than later), it is imperative that I figure out a way to maintain the work-life balance that I have been able to establish over the past year.
- Favorite album?
Ready to Die by Notorious B.I.G. (1994). I grew up with the Notorious B.I.G. on St. James Place in Brooklyn. Ready to Die was released during my first week of college; the best cure for homesickness was to “let the tape rock till my tape popped” and reminisce about the old block.
- One thing about me that hasn’t changed since I went to Collegiate:
Post-game Knicks analysis with my class of ’94 brethren, Chris Petrie and Matt Vaz (with Josh Stevens cameos).