Las Vegas Raiders hire Sandra Douglass Morgan, 1st Black woman to serve as NFL organization’s team president

The Raiders have hired Las Vegas attorney Sandra Douglass Morgan as their new team president as she is the first black woman to hold that title for an NFL franchise.

Morgan, who was born in Las Vegas, comes to the Raiders having previously served as chair and chief executive officer 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 an attorney for an international gaming and hospitality company.

“I’m thrilled that Sandra has agreed to join the Raiders family,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said in a statement. “Your 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 happy to have them at the helm.”

Morgan, who was the first person of color to chair the Nevada Gaming Control Board, is the third woman and the third black person to serve as president of an NFL team.

She’s also the latest Raiders hire to break barriers. Former Raiders coach Tom Flores was the first Hispanic head coach to win a Super Bowl title, and former coach Art Shell was the first black head coach of the NFL’s Super Bowl era.

Morgan, who spent eight years with the city of North Las Vegas, was also the first black female city attorney in the state of Nevada when she held 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 firsts.”

Morgan emphasized leadership and full transparency during her opening press conference at Allegiant Stadium.

“We have so much more work to do and I’m excited to be at the forefront of that growth and look forward to beginning the new chapter for the Raiders,” Morgan said. “The fact is, I accepted this role because I believe in the Raiders’ promise, I believe in the Raiders’ future, and I believe in this organization’s tenets of community, integrity, and most importantly, a commitment to excellence.”

She’s taking over a team that’s been through turbulent times in the front office, with two presidents and several long-time executives who left the company in less than a year.

After Marc Badain stepped down as president last summer, Dan Ventrelle took over on an interim basis in July 2021 and was promoted to full-time in January.

But Ventrelle had left less than a year after joining the organization. In a statement to the Las Vegas Review-Journal in May, Ventrelle said he was fired in retaliation for raising concerns from multiple employees to the NFL about a “hostile work environment.”

“It’s no secret that this organization has faced some challenges of late, but I want to make it clear that I’m not here to sweep anything under the rug or avoid any issues or concerns that need to be addressed,” Morgan said . It’s not lost on me that this is a critical and defining moment in the NFL. It is important to me and it is my intention to make a meaningful contribution far beyond the Raiders family.”

Star defense end Maxx Crosby, who attended Morgan’s induction, said Raiders players are excited to start a new chapter.

“It’s incredible,” Crosby said. “First of all, he just broke barriers and Mark did an incredible job and it started with his dad. You know, just be transparent and give everyone an equal opportunity. She really is the best for the job and it’s going to be great, we’re looking forward 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 delighted to be working with her as we continue to build a championship-level culture and team,” the statement said.

Morgan’s husband Don played for the Minnesota Vikings and the Arizona Cardinals from 1999 to 2002.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Las Vegas Raiders hire Sandra Douglass Morgan, 1st Black woman to serve as NFL organization’s team president

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