Paul DePodesta
Paul DePodesta
Paul DePodesta serves as the Chief Strategy Officer and and President of the NFL's Cleveland Browns.
Cleveland Browns
Biographical information
December 16 1972 (1972-12-16) (age 46)
Place of birth:
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
Alma Mater:
Harvard University (1996)
Career Information
Position (s):
Chief Strategy Officer / Team President, Cleveland Browns
Family/Personal Information
Karen Deicas (1996–present)
3, with Deicas
Current residence:
Berea, Ohio, U.S.

Paul DePodesta (born December 16, 1972) is the chief strategy officer for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL).

Formerly a front office assistant for the Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics and most recently the New York Mets, he was also general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The year after leading the Dodgers to their first playoff win in 16 years, he was fired after the 2005 club finished with its worst record in 11 years.[1] He was the ninth general manager in the club's history since its move to Los Angeles.[2] He is also known for his notable appearance in the book and movie Moneyball, from his time with the Athletics.

Early life Edit

DePodesta is a native of Alexandria, Virginia, where he grew up with Thad Levine.[3] He attended Episcopal High School ('91) and then Harvard University, where he played baseball and football and graduated in 1995 with a degree in economics.[4] He has worked for the Baltimore Stallions of the Canadian Football League and the Baltimore Bandits of the American Hockey League.

Baseball management Edit

Early career Edit

In 1996, DePodesta got his first baseball job with the Cleveland Indians, where he spent three seasons. He served as an advance scout for two years and, in his final month with the club, was appointed special assistant to General Manager John Hart.

In 1999, he joined the Oakland Athletics organization as an assistant to general manager Billy Beane. DePodesta was a key figure in Michael Lewis' book Moneyball. The book thrust the analytical principles of sabermetrics into the mainstream.

Los Angeles Dodgers Edit

At the age of 31, DePodesta was named general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers on February 16, 2004, making him the fifth-youngest person to be named general manager in baseball history behind Jon Daniels (28) of the Texas Rangers, Theo Epstein (28) with the Boston Red Sox, Andrew Friedman (28) of the Tampa Bay Rays, and Randy Smith (29) of the San Diego Padres.

Personal life Edit

Paul DePodesta is married to artist and philanthropist Karen Deicas [5] and has three sons and a daughter. In 2016, DePodesta's wife Karen launched the Sports Mind Institute, ( which seeks to connect lessons learned from figures in the arena of professional sports, athletes, team executives, and coaches, to help others apply them to life and the business sector. [6] The family currently resides in Berea, Ohio.

On December 13, 2012, DePodesta was elected to the Board of Directors of Sears Holdings Corporation. DePodesta has also served as a keynote speaker at numerous business conventions and has been recognized by several publications including Baseball Prospectus and Fortune Magazine, which named him as one of the Top 10 innovators under the age of 40.[7]

He appeared uncredited on several episodes of Homicide: Life on the Street.[8]


  1. Los Angeles Dodgers Team History & Encyclopedia. Retrieved on November 8, 2010.
  2. DePodesta's Dodgers Are a Work in Progress. (August 4, 2005). Retrieved on November 8, 2010.
  3. Texas Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine inherited his love of the game from his father in Alexandria.
  4. Scott A. Sherman, "Rethinking America's Pastime: The Paul DePodesta Story How a Harvard graduate turned a passion for baseball into a statistical revolution", The Harvard Crimson, May 5, 2012.
  5. Error on call to template:cite web: Parameters url and title must be specified. (August 29, 2016).
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  7. Lederer, Rich (June 18, 2009). Q&A: Paul DePodesta. Retrieved on November 8, 2010.
  8. Krasovic, Tom (March 30, 2008). DePodesta now helping to build Padres structure. San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved on May 11, 2014.

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