The Las Vegas Raiders recently hired 44-year-old Sandra Douglass Morgan as their president, making her the first-ever Black woman in NFL history to hold the position as team president.
“I am thrilled that Sandra has agreed to join the Raiders family,” Raiders owner Mark Davis announced in a statement, according to the NFL. “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 lucky to have her at the helm.”
Morgan also detailed her induction to the team, noting that Davis was very helpful in the transition. “When Mark and I first discussed this opportunity, I was honored and humbled, but I also had a lot of questions,” she relayed.
“It’s no secret that this organization has faced some recent challenges. But I want to be clear: I’m not here to sweep anything under the rug or avoid problems or concerns that need to be addressed.”
Morgan joining the Raiders comes only two months after Dan Ventrelle was fired from his position as interim team president. Only holding the position for less than a year, Ventrelle left the franchise for allegedly creating a “hostile work environment.”
The former president was accused by multiple team members. Mark Davis declined to make commentary about Ventrelle’s behavior. In 2021, the ex-Raiders staff member was responsible for presidential duties after Marc Badain resigned.
Sandra Douglass Morgan discusses joining the Las Vegas Raiders staff
As Morgan prepares to take on the full-time responsibilities as the Las Vegas Raiders team president, she cited her background and how she feels equipped to handle the job. “I have been the first in other positions that I’ve held, whether it be city attorney or the Gaming Control Board,” she commented.
Morgan also took note of the other women before her who have paved the way for other women to have job opportunities such as this one. Understanding that her role is historic as the first Black woman to be an NFL franchise leader, she expressed gratitude and sincerity for the others that came before her.
She said, “I definitely would tip my hat to all of the prior women that were leaders and visionaries, and if I could be an inspiration or help or open doors for any other woman and girl out there, then that’s an incredible accomplishment for me.”
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