The Raiders have named Las Vegas attorney Sandra Douglas Morgan as their new team president, becoming the first black woman to hold that title for an NFL franchise.
Born in Las Vegas, Morgan comes to the Raiders after previously serving as president and executive director of the Nevada Gaming Control Board. AT&T Services Inc. of Southern Nevada. He has served as Director of External Affairs and as a Solicitor for an international sports 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 very fortunate to have her at the helm.”
Morgan, the first person of color to head the Nevada Gaming Control Board, is the third woman and third black person to head an NFL board.
He is the latest Raiders recruit to break barriers. Former Raiders coach Tom Flores was the first Hispanic head coach to win a Super Bowl title and former coach Art Schell was the first black head coach in the NFL’s 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 he served in that role from 2013 to 2016.
“Of course I don’t want to be last,” Morgan said, “and I want to get a point that’s not first.”
Morgan emphasized leadership and total transparency during his introductory news conference at the Allegiant Stadium.
“We still have a lot to do and I’m excited to be at the helm of that development and look forward to a new chapter for the Raiders,” said Morgan. “The truth is, I took on this role. I believe in the promise of the Raiders, I believe in the future of the Raiders, and I believe in the principles of this organization: community, integrity and, above all, commitment to excellence.
He takes over a team that has endured turbulent times in its front office, with two leaders and several longtime executives leaving the organization within a year.
Dan Ventrell took over on an interim basis in July 2021 and was promoted to a full-time position in January after Mark Paden resigned as president last summer.
But Ventrell left within a year of joining the company. In a statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal in May, Ventrell said he was fired in retaliation for bringing concerns from several employees to the NFL about a “hostile work environment.”
“It’s no secret that the organization has faced some recent challenges, but I want to be clear that I’m not here to sweep anything under the rug or to avoid issues or concerns that need to be addressed,” Morgan said. “It wasn’t. I lost sight of the fact that this is an important and defining moment in the NFL. It’s important to me and my goal is to make a meaningful contribution beyond the Raiders family.
Stellar defensive end Max CrosbyRaiders players who attended Morgan’s debut said they were excited to begin a new chapter.
“It’s unbelievable,” Crosby said. “First of all, breaking barriers, Mark has done an incredible job, and that started with his father. You know, being open and giving everyone an equal opportunity. She’s honestly great for the job, and it’s going to be awesome, and we’re excited for the future.”
Coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler welcomed Morgan in a prepared statement.
“We congratulate Sandra Douglas Morgan on her historic appointment as team president and are excited 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 championship-caliber culture. and team,” the statement said.
Morgan’s husband, Dan, played with the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals from 1999 to 2002.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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