Jon Harris serves as Chief Executive Officer of AthLife®.
Serving on the board of the Institute of Sport and Social Justice brings him full circle, as his professional career began in 1995 with the National Consortium for Academics and Sports where he was part of the team helping build the NFL’s education program. In his six years at the NCAS, he rose to Associate Director and in 2001, the NFL hired Jon to bring the program in-house. In 2004, after three years at the NFL, he left to start AthLife to provide educational and career advising services to post-professional, professional and collegiate athletes.
Current AthLife partners include the NFLPA, The Trust (powered by the NFL Players Association), NBA, National Basketball Retired Players Association, NBA Players Legacy Fund, MLS, MLBPA, and the NHL. On an average day, about 650 current and former professional athletes are active in service with the AthLife advisors. AthLife has also created and executed in-person personal development programs for professional sports teams and more than 40 college and university athletic departments.
AthLife Unlimited is a division of AthLife that works with sport and entertainment brands to deepen their relationship with fans, including a 15+ year relationship with Marvel Entertainment that has now worked with more than 200 sports teams and activating at more than 400 events. Sister company hustl. was created in 2021 out of AthLife and serves as the retail arm of AthLife, offering NIL opportunities for athletes and entertainers.
Jon also serves as Board President of The AthLife Foundation, a non-profit aimed providing support and resources to kids in our nation’s most challenged but promising communities. He is also a founding member of the Foundation for Teamwork, home of the Joe Moore Award that recognizes the best offensive line unit in college football.
Education and Credentials
Jon earned a master’s in management of Public Service from DePaul University in 2000, penning his thesis titled The Affects of Achievement in Higher Education on the Career Transition of Retired NFL Players. He is certified in the Strong Interest Inventory and a member of the National Career Development Association and for more than 25 years he has been an active member of The National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A). He earned his bachelor's degree from DePaul in Political Science in 1995. While studying Political Science at DePaul, Jon was a four-year letterman in basketball and four times was named to the Conference All-Academic Team. His accomplishments were recognized by being named to the '14 Under 40' class by DePaul in 2012. He and his wife Keri are raising four remarkable children who undoubtedly will change the world for the better.