Vice President, Basketball Operations & Team Counsel, Boston Celtics
A lifelong Celtics fan and season ticket holder, Michael Zarren is now the Celtics’ VP of Basketball Operations and Team Counsel. Now in his seventeenth year with the team after starting as an intern, Zarren is widely recognized as one of the leaders in the field of advanced statistical analysis of basketball players and teams, and is an important part of the team’s strategic planning and player personnel evaluation processes. He is also the team’s salary cap expert and lead in-house counsel for basketball issues, and is responsible for the development of new technologies for team use, including the team’s statistical database and video archive/delivery system. Zarren was previously a law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and a management consultant, during which time he performed econometric and other quantitative analyses for Fortune 500 firms across a wide variety of industries. Zarren is a graduate of Harvard Law School (where he served as editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology) and of the University of Chicago (where he worked as a research assistant for Freakonomics author Steven Levitt). He also serves on the Advisory Board of Voter Choice MA, a group working to bring ranked choice voting to Massachusetts and other states, and on the Board of Trustees of The Waring School.