Founders

The Founders

Foundation To Be Named Later was the brainchild of twin brothers Theo and Paul Epstein.  Born just 60 seconds apart, the brothers share a love of baseball and music and a commitment to giving back to their communities.


Theo Epstein

Theo Epstein is currently President of the Chicago Cubs and was previously EVP/General Manager of the Boston Red Sox.  When hired by the Red Sox as General Manger in 2002, Epstein was just 28 years old and the youngest GM in MLB history. In 2004 he engineered the Red Sox first World Series championship in 86 years followed just three years later by a second World Series championship in 2007. In 2012, he was hired by the Chicago Cubs as President of Baseball Operations. And within 5 years of joining the Cubs organization, Theo architected the Chicago Cubs World Series win in 2016 after a record 108 year drought.

Epstein was raised just a few miles from Fenway Park in Brookline, where he attended Brookline High School, played baseball for the Warriors, and dreamed of working for the Red Sox. Epstein began his career in baseball by interning with the Baltimore Orioles in 1992. Meanwhile, Epstein attended Yale University where he lived at Jonathan Edwards College and served as sports editor of the Yale Daily News.  He graduated Yale in 1995 with a degree in American Studies. He took a job in the PR department of the San Diego Padres and soon Epstein became the team’s Director of Baseball Operations. While working for the Padres, he studied full-time at the University of San Diego School of Law, earning his J.D. and passing the California bar exam in 1999. In January 2007,  Theo married Marie Whitney, the founder and creative director of Two Penny Blue, a philanthropic women’s clothing brand which promotes social change through the education and empowerment of girls globally.  Theo and Marie currently reside in Chicago with their two sons. 


Paul Epstein

Born 60 seconds before Theo, Paul is technically the middle of Leslie and Ilene Epstein’s three children.  Raised in Brookline with sister Anya and twin brother Theo, Paul graduated from Brookline High and headed off to Wesleyan a short 25 minutes from Theo and Anya at Yale. While playing soccer and studying classics, he discovered a passion for working with youth when he became a Big Brother. The experience completely changed the direction of Paul’s life and he embarked on a career in social work. After working in residential treatment at The Home for Little Wanderers, where he met his lovely wife, Saskia Grinberg, Paul earned a MSW from BU in 1998. He is now a social worker at Brookline High School and co-founder, with his wife Saskia, of the only youth community center in Brookline – The Brookline Teen Center.  In 2005, he co-founded the Foundation To Be Named Later with Theo.  He and Saskia live in Brookline with their two beautiful children, Annika and Ezra.


Allyce Najimy

Allyce Najimy is currently the CEO of The Foundation to Be Named Later. Allyce has led the Foundation To Be Named Later for most of its existence, organizing the signature Hot Stove Cool Music concerts in both Boston and Chicago and treating baseball fans to insider Business of Baseball panel discussions. She is an ever-present leader as a mentor and connector in the Boston and Chicago nonprofit and sports community. She is responsible for founding the Foundation To Be Named Later / Peter Gammons College Scholarship Program which sends deserving young people from Chicago and Boston to colleges around the country – each with a mentor and a plan for success. Allyce is an adjunct professor and founding advisory board member at the new UMass Boston Sport Leadership Bachelor Degree Program. She has consulted with The Boston Foundation, Paul Pierce Truth Foundation, The Who’s Teen Cancer Foundation, Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation, The Base and Scholar Athletes. She is the Co-Director of the Athlete and Celebrity Foundation Forum, a Trustee of the Boston Sports Museum, a trustee of Beacon Academy, a trustee of Dr. Richard Lapchick’s Institute for Sports and Social Justice and she was appointed by Governor Baker to the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Allyce was previously the COO and Senior Associate Director of Northeastern University ’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society. Earlier in her career, Allyce was a founding staff member of City Year, serving in various leadership roles and helping to establish City Year in locations nationwide including San Antonio, San Jose & Seattle. A Pittsfield native, she graduated from Assumption College and earned her Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

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