Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion, NFL
Sam Rapoport is the Senior Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with the National Football League. Rapoport has dedicated her career to creating innovative business models aimed at enfranchising marginalized populations in sport. With this focus, she has worked to shift and progress diversity hiring practices in football.
Rapoport catalyzed a movement for women in sports by creating a new diversity platform for the NFL, that has since been replicated by other professional sports leagues. Through this effort, over 100 female coaching, scouting and operations candidates have been hired in the four-year period; a record number.
Prior to this role, Rapoport spent 6 years on the leadership team at USA Football where she created the Women’s World Football Games, the largest women’s tackle football event in the world.
Rapoport was recently named one of Sports Illustrated most Powerful, Most Influential and Most Outstanding Women in Sports and was included in The Athletic’s NFL 40-under 40. Last year, Rapoport was awarded the NFL Commissioner’s Award selected by Commissioner Roger Goodell (2019), Fortune 40 Under 40 (2019), and was recently named one of People Magazine’s 25 Women Changing the World. Rapoport has played football since the age of 14 as quarterback of several women’s tackle and flag football teams. She is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada and resides with her wife, Rebecca and son, Jordy in New York