Shawlee has served as club President since February 2022. A native of San Jose, Shawlee was among the first employees hired ahead of the team’s return to Major League Soccer in 2008. Shawlee signed the club’s first-ever jersey sponsorship deal in 2009 and was promoted to Director of Corporate Partnerships a year later.
Shawlee took a one-year hiatus from the Quakes to pursue an MBA from Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business. He returned to the Earthquakes in May of 2011 as Senior Director, Ticket Sales and Strategy, later climbing to Vice President of the same department. Shawlee tripled the sales and service team, grew ticket revenue 420%, secured multimillion-dollar partnerships with Avaya and Sutter Health, and was integral in the development of the team’s privately financed $100 million venue. He was recognized as the MLS Corporate Partnerships Executive of the Year in 2015 before being promoted to Chief Operating Officer in November 2016.
He has since helped the club secure stadium naming rights and jersey partner deals with PayPal and Intermedia, respectively, as well as partnerships with prominent brands including Chevron, Coca-Cola, and Audi. Shawlee is overseeing the team’s pursuit of a new training complex and is part of the leadership group involved in the Bay Area’s bid to be a host region for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Shawlee oversees both the business and soccer sides of the Earthquakes’ organization, reporting directly to the club’s Board of Directors.