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A Hometown Team: A Conversation with President of the Las Vegas Raiders Sandra Douglass Morgan

January 27, 2023 • 9:00 – 9:30 am EST

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The Center for Strategic and International Studies hosted on Friday, January 27 a  Smart Women, Smart Power conversation with Sandra Douglass Morgan, president of the Las Vegas Raiders. Sandra will join Emily Harding, CSIS senior fellow and deputy director of the International Security Program, for a discussion on the importance of sports teams engaging in local politics and community building to strengthen the foundation of their respective cities, and ultimately the country. The pair will also discuss Sandra’s role as chairwoman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board during the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, where she guided the gaming industry when Las Vegas closed its doors to over 40 million visitors and again when they welcomed tourists back. 

Sandra Douglass Morgan was named President of the Las Vegas Raiders by Owner Mark Davis on July 7, 2022. A Las Vegas native, Morgan has long been a trailblazer and was the first person of color to serve as chair of the Nevada Gaming Control Board and first African American City Attorney in the State of Nevada. Morgan has 20 years of experience as a chief regulator, director, attorney and advisor to integrated resorts, casinos, and telecommunications companies. She is the immediate past Chairwoman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board and served as Commissioner on the Nevada State Athletic Commission. 

As the chief regulator for Nevada's dominant billion-dollar gaming industry, she led the passage and implementation of cashless wagering regulations, ensured that gaming licensees adopted policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment, and led a team of 400 employees in five cities across the state of Nevada. Morgan was the first person of color and second woman to serve as Chair in the state's history. 

This event is made possible through support from Citi.

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Emily Harding
Director, Intelligence, National Security, and Technology Program and Deputy Director, International Security Program
Kathleen Mcinnis
Senior Fellow, International Security Program and Director, Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative

Sandra Douglass Morgan

President, The Las Vegas Raiders