Senior Vice President, Community & Military Affairs
Tom Seidler enters his 31st season in professional baseball, his ninth with the Padres and seventh as senior vice president, community and military affairs, a role in which he oversees the club’s community relations and military outreach efforts, as well as Hispanic community engagement. Seidler oversaw the launch of the Padres Volunteer Team, a regional volunteer force created to give back to the greater San Diego area. In six years, the Volunteer Team has engaged over 6,000 members of the community and provided over 30,000 volunteer hours and $800,000 of value to local non-profits. During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Seidler oversaw Padres efforts in support of front-line workers and combating food insecurity and expanded club efforts in support of diversity and equity. In 2016, the Padres joined forces with an existing local fundraiser to create Padres Pedal the Cause, the largest local athletic fundraiser in San Diego, supporting more than 30 collaborative cancer research projects to date. Over the last seven years, Padres Pedal the Cause has raised more than $13,000,000 for cancer research and treatment centers in San Diego. As President of the Padres Foundation, Seidler managed a series of 50th Anniversary community projects in 2019, ‘Padres Thank SD’, the biggest single-year charitable initiative for the franchise.
Prior to joining the Padres, Seidler owned and/or operated minor league baseball clubs. His final stint was as President of the Visalia Rawhide (California League). Under Seidler’s leadership, the Rawhide went from having the lowest attendance among all 120 full-season minor league teams to breaking a 62-year-old attendance record in 2009, the first of four consecutive years of all-time record attendance. Seidler was twice named Executive of the Year in the California League. He previously held management roles with pro baseball teams in Port St. Lucie, Kissimmee, Great Falls, Stockton, and Caracas, Venezuela.
Seidler earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration from the Owen School at Vanderbilt University. He currently serves on the board of directors of Padres Pedal the Cause and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.