The Raiders have hired Las Vegas attorney Sandra Douglass Morgan as their new team president, making them the first black woman ever to win a team president title for an NFL franchise.
Morgan is from Las Vegas and is coming to the Raiders after previously serving as chairman and executive director of the Nevada Gaming Control Board. She has also served as director of external affairs for AT&T Services, Inc. in southern Nevada and as a trial attorney for an international gaming and hospitality company.
“I am thrilled that Sandra has agreed to join the Raiders family,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said in a statement. “Her experience, integrity and passion for this community will be invaluable to our organization. From the moment I met Sandra, I knew she was a force to be reckoned with. We are extremely fortunate to have her at the helm. state.”
Morgan, the first person of color to chair the Nevada Gaming Control Board, is the third woman and third African American president of an NFL team.
She is also the newest Raiders hired to break through barriers. Former Raiders coach Tom Flores was the first Spanish head coach to win a Super Bowl title, and former coach Art Shell was the NFL’s first black head coach of the Super Bowl era.
Morgan, who spent eight years with the City of North Las Vegas, was also the first black city attorney in the state of Nevada when she served in that role from 2013 to 2016.
“I definitely never want to be last,” Morgan said, “and I want to get to a point where there are no more firsts.”
Morgan emphasized leadership and complete transparency during her introductory press conference at Allegiant Stadium.
“We have so much more to do, and I’m excited to be at the helm of that growth and look forward to ushering in the new chapter for the Raiders,” said Morgan. accepted this role because I believe in the Raiders’ promise, I believe in the Raiders’ future, and I believe in this organization’s principles of community, integrity, and most importantly, commitment to excellence.”
She takes on a team that has endured tumultuous times in the front office, with two presidents and several longtime executives leaving the organization in less than a year.
After Marc Badain resigned as president last summer, Dan Ventrelle took over on an interim basis in July 2021 and was promoted to the full-time role in January.
But Ventrelle had disappeared less than a year after joining the organization. In a statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Ventrelle said he was fired in retaliation for raising concerns of multiple employees to the NFL about a “hostile work environment.”
“It’s no secret that this organization has had recent challenges, but I want to be clear: I’m not here to sweep anything under the rug or avoid issues or concerns that need to be addressed,” Morgan said. I am not aware that this is a pivotal and defining moment in the NFL. It’s important to me and my intention is to make a meaningful contribution far beyond the Raiders family.”
Star defense end Maxx Crosby, who attended Morgan’s introduction, said Raiders players are excited to start a new chapter.
“It’s unbelievable,” Crosby said. “First off, just breaking barriers and Mark did an incredible job and it started with his dad. You know, just being transparent and giving everyone an equal chance. She’s really the best for the job and it’s going to be great, we’re looking forward to it.” to the future.”
Coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler welcomed Morgan in a prepared statement.
“We congratulate Sandra Douglass Morgan on her historic appointment as team president and are delighted to welcome her to the Raiders family. Sandra brings impressive leadership experience to the organization and we are excited to work with her as we continue to build a culture of championship quality and team,” the statement said.
Morgan’s husband, Don, played with the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals between 1999 and 2002
The Associated Press contributed to this report