Bruce Levenson is an American Philanthropic businessman. He is popularly known as the former co-owner of Atlanta Hawks LLC which owns and operates the Atlanta Hawks basketball team and Philips Arena. He has also served as the Hawks’ Governor on the NBA Board of Governors since 2004.
It is difficult to separate where his businesses end and where his philanthropic works begin, because he has been in both business and philanthropy for forty years.
Born in Washington D.C. and grew up in Maryland, he finished political science at the Washington University in St. Louis. He also graduated from law at the American University attending school at night.
He developed a friendship with Ed Peskowitz in 1977 while he was a reporter for Observer Publishing’s energy information newsletter. Together they launched UCG on top of his dad’s store in Washington, DC. He then started his journalism career at the Washington Star.
‘United Communications Group’ (UCG) is a business information company that specializes in data, energy, mortgage banking, news and analysis for healthcare, technology, telecommunications and other industries.
He is on the board of UCG’s companies and is an advisor to UCG’s executive team, a founding board member of TechTarget, a company under UCG. UCG also owns and operates ‘GasBuddy,’ a mobile application that assists drivers in finding local low gas prices. He and Peskowitz were inducted into the ‘Software and Information Industry Association’s Hall of Fame’ in 1997 for their work with UCG.
A basketball lover, he was able to live out a childhood dream in 2004 when he and Peskowitz purchased the Atlanta Thrashers, Atlanta Hawks and the operating rights to the Philips Arena from Time Warner.
He has continued his philanthropic works even then. He played a part in various organizations like the ‘Community Foundation of Washington, DC,’ the ‘Hoop Dreams Foundations’ and the ‘I have a Dream Foundation’ where he served as president for the Washington chapter.
Bruce and his wife Karen have been involved in funding various efforts to educate the needy youth. Among these initiatives were the ‘Peace Players’, ‘I Have a Dream,’ the Seed School and the ‘Bringing the Lessons Home’ program at the ‘U.S. Holocaust Museum.’ These organizations still exist and continue to do extraordinary work.
has two goals: (1) to empower the next generation to become successful heads of non-profit organizations and (2) to insure that every graduate becomes an informed and motivated philanthropist.