Laurajean (Lj) Holmgren is the Deputy Academic Director for the Master of Science in Sports Management program at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies.
Prior to her role at Columbia, she was a Senior Account Executive at NCG Visuals, where she led large-format graphic installations with the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, collegiate and high school athletic programs, the NFL, the New York Jets, and partners of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee.
As Assistant Athletics Director and Director of Facilities and Operations at St. John's University, Holmgren oversaw day-to-day operations of athletic facilities, planned and executed athletic events, and created capital plans to address infrastructure improvements.
Holmgren was recognized in 2012 by NCG Visuals and the New York Liberty as part of their “Inspiring Women” home game. In addition, she was recognized by the Big East Conference for her contributions to the athletics department on National Girls. Holmgren held an operations internship with Harvard University Athletics in 2006-07 and an athletic administration internship at Boston College the following season.
At St. John’s University, she taught Current Issues in Sports to Sports Management undergraduate students during the fall 2014 and 2015 terms. She continues to lead the Supervised Research Project entitled "Olympians as Brands" in the Columbia University Sports Management program.
Holmgren holds a degree in sports management from the State University of New York College at Cortland and an M.B.A. from St. John’s University.