The quick answer: he's a Florida Gator and Columbia Lion who leads the New York office of Populous, a major architectural firm. He's worked on design projects with, among countless others, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Brooklyn Nets.
The hopeful answer: given a recent confluence of events, Mallie figures to be a prime mover in the dizzying pursuit of a stadium New York City FC can finally, truly call its home.
First, let's establish a curious chronology of relevant events:
- JANUARY 6: Jon Patricof, a media executive and New York native, was announced as the next President of NYCFC, a role much more concerned with business than day-to-day soccering.
- JANUARY 25: The company that runs the New York Yankees (20% owners of NYCFC) nearly doubled its credit limit, which an inside source linked to a potential deal for a soccer stadium site.
- FEBRUARY 2: New York City FC and "a third-party company" sent season ticket holders a survey gauging various preferences about a soccer-specific venue in the Five Boroughs.
- FEBRUARY 3: Populous announces its new office in Manhattan, to be led by Jonathan Mallie. The architect joins Twitter and immediately follows NYCFC and Empire of Soccer, which put together an excellent roundup of the preliminary details we're exploring today. Mallie retweets the story, one of only three original tweets he has made to date.