Alphonso Maldon earned a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma, graduating as a member of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society. Currently serving as president and CEO of Washington, DC-based Partnership Strategies Consulting, Alphonso Maldon is also co-owner of the Nationals, a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise he and a group of corporate and private investors helped bring to Washington in 2005.
Although the Nationals have only made the MLB playoffs twice since arriving in Washington, the team has developed impressive young stars, most notably outfielder Bryce Harper, who was the first overall pick by the franchise in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft. Drafted out of the College of Southern Nevada, Harper played a little more than one season in the minor leagues before reaching the majors as a 19-year-old in 2012. He hit 22 home runs in his debut season and was named the National League Rookie of the Year, receiving 16 of 32 possible first-place votes.
Harper hit 24 home runs the following season and 13 in 2014, when he was limited to 100 games due to injury. In 2015, however, he won the National League MVP after hitting a league-best 42 home runs and scoring a league-high 118 runs. He also led the league in on-base percentage and slugging.