Washington hires Jason Wright as League’s First Black President

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The Washington Football Team hired Jason Wright as the team’s president on August 17. Wright is the first Black team president in NFL history. The team has been without a president since Bruce Allen was fired after the 2019 season.

Wright, 38, is a former NFL running back and becomes the youngest team president in the league. He is only the fourth former NFL player to serve as a team’s president. Wright’s duties running Washington’s business affairs include the operations, finance, sales and marketing departments. Similar to head coach Ron Rivera, he will report directly to team owner Dan Snyder.

“This team, at this time, is an ideal opportunity for me,” said Wright in a statement. “The transformation of the Washington Football Team is happening across all aspects of the organization — from football to operations to branding to culture — and will makes us a truly modern and aspirational franchise. We want to set new standards for the NFL.”

“If I could custom design a leader for this important time in our history, it would be Jason.” Snyder said in a statement. “His experience as a former player, coupled with his business acumen, give him a perspective that is unrivaled in the league. We will not rest until we are a championship-caliber team, on and off the field.”

A longtime former Washington employee said the team needed to add more diverse voices but also needed to expand its net while searching for talent. Wright fits the bill for both criteria.

Wright had been a partner in the operations practice of McKinsey & Company, a global strategy and management consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. In his position, Wright focused on getting executive-level managers to help in environmental matters. He also co-piloted McKinsey’s anti-racism and inclusion strategy and helped create the Black Economic Forum.

Washington has been undergoing a lot of change and upheaval over the past few months. The franchise decided to retire its former name and will be called the Washington Football Team for now. Additionally, there was a damaging report in The Washington Post last month detailing sexual harassment allegations involving five former employees.

In an effort to add more diverse voices, Washington also hired Julie Donaldson to head the communication division, making her the team’s highest-ranking female executive.

Wright played seven seasons in the NFL as a running back with four teams. He retired after the 2010 season to attend business school. Wright entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Northeastern, where he is the seventh all-time leading rusher in school history.

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