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Raiders announce 1st Black female team president in NFL history

The Las Vegas Raiders welcomed Sandra Douglass Morgan, the first Black woman ever to serve as team president in NFL history, on Thursday.

“It is the honor of a lifetime to join the Raiders at one of the most defining times in the team’s history,” Morgan said in a Raiders press release on Thursday.

Morgan is currently an attorney for Covington and Burling LLP and serves on the board of directors for Allegiant Travel Company and Caesars Entertainment.

Her appointment pioneers a new path of diverse leadership in the NFL’s history, but she has long made strides in diversifying various bureaucracies in her home state of Nevada.

Former Nevada Gaming Control Board Chair and former Commissioner of the Nevada Gaming Commission Sandra Douglass Morgan and owner and managing general partner Mark Davis of the Las Vegas Raiders pose with a jersey after a news conference introducing Morgan as the new President of the Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on July 7, 2022, in Las Vegas. Morgan is the first Black woman to be named a team president in NFL history.
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Former Nevada Gaming Control Board Chair and former Commissioner of the Nevada Gaming Commission Sandra Douglass Morgan and owner and managing general partner Mark Davis of the Las Vegas Raiders pose with a jersey after a news conference introducing Morgan as the new President of the Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on July 7, 2022, in Las Vegas. Morgan is the first Black woman to be named a team president in NFL history.

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“I am thrilled that Sandra has agreed to join the Raiders family,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said in the press release.

Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler joined Davis in welcoming Morgan to the team in a joint message via Twitter.

Morgan’s leadership marks a significant change for leadership within the Raiders administration.

Thursday’s historic appointment is now the first intersectional advance with previous strides standing in its shadow, like the hire of Amy Trask in 1997, the first female CEO of an NFL team back when the team was still based in Oakland, California.

“This team’s arrival in Las Vegas has created a new energy and opportunities we never dreamed possible. I look forward to taking this team’s integrity, spirit and commitment to excellence on the field into every facet of this organization,” Morgan said.

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