The Wright Guy

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    • The Washington Football Team has made several inclusive hires in 2020, including the first Black team president in league history.

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Jason Wright became the first Black team president in NFL history Monday when the Washington Football Team announced his hiring. At 38 years old, Wright is also now the youngest president in the league.

Wright spent seven seasons in the NFL as a running back and most recently was a partner at consulting firm McKinsey & Company. Speaking about his hire on “Good Morning America,” Wright committed to cleaning up Washington’s organizational culture.

Wright’s goal may be achievable despite The Washington Post’s report earlier this summer that revealed a deep history of sexual harassment allegations within the organization. Washington’s new head coach Ron Rivera, one of the four minority head coaches in the NFL, took a front seat in the team’s effort to retire its previous racist nickname.

The organization has made several notable hires along with Rivera and Wright: 

— Julie Donaldson, vice president of media operations and the first woman to have a full-time role in a game day radio broadcast.

—  Doug Williams, senior vice president of player development. As a Washington player, Williams was the first Black quarterback to win a Super Bowl.

— Jennifer King, the first Black woman full-year coaching intern in the NFL.