JONATHAN A. KRAFT
New England Revolution
Jonathan Kraft is the President of the Kraft Group a private holding company comprised of companies in sports and entertainment, the paper and packaging industry, real estate, and private equity investing. As President of the Kraft Group, he oversees the day to day operations of all the group's companies while maintaining a focus on driving the growth and diversification of the group.
In sports and entertainment, the group's holdings include the five-time conference champion New England Revolution and the five-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, as well as Gillette Stadium, the premier concert, entertainment, and event venue that both franchises call home.
As an Investor/Operator of the New England Revolution, Kraft has guided the organization from its infancy to its present position as one of the most successful and respected teams in Major League Soccer (MLS). In 1995, Kraft was involved in securing the Revolution as one of MLS's founding clubs and was principally responsible for bringing MLS's inaugural championship game to New England in 1996. Since then, the Krafts have hosted two more MLS Cup championship games in Foxborough, including the 2002 final between the Revolution and the LA Galaxy, which was played in front of the largest crowd in MLS Cup history. Kraft oversaw the Revolution’s first domestic trophy triumph, the 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Championship, as well as the club’s first international trophy, the 2008 North American SuperLiga Championship.
With the growth of the league, Kraft is currently one of five MLS ownership representatives serving on MLS’s expansion committee, which aims to identify the best candidates for future MLS teams.
In 1999, Kraft developed the creative private-financing strategy to gain approval for the construction of Gillette Stadium. Throughout the stadium initiative, no one was more involved in each phase of the project, including the planning, construction, opening, and on-going operation and development of Gillette Stadium. Kraft worked closely with stadium designers to create a world-class sports and entertainment facility that would highlight features indigenous to New England. His team delivered on the promise of a fan-friendly facility, on time, and under budget.
Kraft and the project team also drew praise for innovative environmental practices. In June of 2001, the Environmental Business Council presented the Kraft Group with the Environmental Award for Corporate Leadership. In May of 2002, the Kraft Group received New England's Environmental Merit Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the development and construction of Gillette Stadium.
Gillette Stadium, now known as one of the world's premier sports and entertainment facilities, opened on May 11, 2002 with a match between the New England Revolution and the Dallas Burn. One week later, the U.S. Men's National Team made its first appearance at Gillette Stadium. On Oct. 20, 2002, the MLS Cup returned to Foxborough for the third time in seven years, with the Revolution vying for the league's top honors in front of an MLS Cup record crowd of 61,316 fans.
A Williams College graduate, Kraft is a trustee emeritus and chairs the school’s investment committee. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he currently serves on the Dean’s board of advisers. Additionally, Kraft is on the board of trustees for Belmont Hill School, Dexter Southfield, and Massachusetts General Hospital, where he also chairs the Finance Committee. Furthermore, he serves as a member of the Partners Healthcare finance committee and is a member of the advisory board for the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative.
Kraft is active in youth athletics and has coached youth soccer, Pop Warner football and Little League baseball in the greater Boston area. Kraft and his wife, Patti, have three children.