Georgetown University Law Graduate, Former NCAA Board Member and Former Men’s Track and Field Athlete, University of New Mexico
Kendall Spencer is a recent graduate of Georgetown University Law School where he was a Technology Law Scholar. As a legal professional he focuses on the changing digital landscape brought on by technology, and complex litigation matters within the world of sports. In addition to attending law school, he is training to compete in the 2021 Olympic Trials as a long-jumper with hopes of making the 2021 US Olympic team.
During his collegiate career, he won the national championship in the Long Jump, earning First Team All-American honors. Spencer became the first student-athlete to serve on the NCAA Division I Board of Directors in 2015 as part of the new NCAA governance structure. He served as chair of the National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee after joining National SAAC in 2013. His leadership within college athletics helped athletes successfully advocate for representation and voting power at all levels of the NCAA governance structure. He has led quarterly National SAAC meetings, established priority items and guides other leaders on discussions on legislation, health and safety issues and various student-athlete initiatives.
Since then, he’s spoken to a variety of audiences on the intricacies of college athletics as they relate to student-athletes and the greater model of higher education. During his tenure, he helped National SAAC conduct the most comprehensive survey to date of current student-athletes on their overall experience in college. Spencer is a frequent speaker on college sports issues. Spencer was one of five experts to give testimony about name, image and likeness issues at the Senate Commerce Meeting on February 11, 2020. He gave a TED talk on “What we can learn from college athletes” on January 31, 2018 and continues to provide counsel for universities and leaders within the sports industry.
After law school, Spencer will use the lessons learned in college sports to serve the community through advocacy and build his legal career through technology, sports and policy. Spencer earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Business and Sociology from the University of New Mexico.