- The only Indian-American social responsibility leader in the NBA, he is listed in Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list.
Arvind Gopalratnam, vice president of corporate social responsibility for the Milwaukee Bucks, has been named to Milwaukee Business Journal’s coveted 40 Under 40 list for being “an influential, diverse leader with the Milwaukee Bucks who has shown an ability to guide the organization through the Covid-19 pandemic and social unrest.”
The only Indian-American social responsibility leader in the NBA, Gopalratnam is also the executive director of the Milwaukee Bucks Foundation, leading the Bucks’ strategic social responsibility and philanthropic efforts.
According to the Journal, Gopalratnam’s “leadership has been felt in a number of areas.” A $500,000 emergency relief fund was created for part-time Bucks employees impacted by COVID-19. The foundation also brought in more than $2 million, granted to more than 30 Wisconsin nonprofits, many of which benefit youth development. Also $150,000 worth of food was distributed for communities in need.
Gopalratnam was promoted to his current role in 2018, to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Bucks Corporate Social Responsibility Department while furthering the philanthropic efforts statewide of the Milwaukee Bucks Foundation, which is dedicated to improving outcomes for underserved populations in Wisconsin by providing financial grants, developing innovative partnerships and supporting impactful ideas in youth education, youth health and wellness and community betterment.
A University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, he joined the Bucks in 2016 as director of Corporate Social Responsibility. Prior to joining the Bucks, he served as director of Communications for GE Healthcare.