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Washington hires Natalia Dorantes, 1st Latina to be chief of staff for an NFL team
The Washington Football Team announced on Tuesday that they've hired Natalia Dorantes to fill the newly created role of chief of staff, making her the first Latina to ascend to that position in the NFL. It can also be called director of coaching operations or assistant to the head coach. Dorantes, 26, is just the third woman to become chief of staff (or the equivalent) for an NFL team. Callie Brownson, chief of staff for the Cleveland Browns, and Sarah Hogan, coordinator of head coach operations for the Atlanta Falcons, are the only other women to ever hold those roles.
The Washington Football Team announced Wednesday that it has hired Natalia Dorantes as its coordinator of football operations.
The Washington Football Team has hired Natalia Dorantes as its coordinator of football operations, which makes her the first Latina to fill that role in the NFL, the team.
Dorantes will report directly to head coach Ron Rivera and work closely across various departments, from medical to scouting to public relations to the coaching staff, among others.
“This is kind of new ground for us, because I’ve never had a quote-unquote chief of staff,” Rivera. “I needed a person that is going to be able to interact with coaches, with coordinators, and may have to say quite honestly, ‘No, I don’t think Coach wants that,’ or, ‘No, Coach doesn’t want that.’ Because the one thing that I want her to understand is that she’s going to have my voice."
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Per The Athletic, there are 20 similar positions around the league, though titles of the roles vary by team. Dorantes will join Browns chief of staff, Callie Brownson, and the Falcons coordinator of head coach operations, Sarah Hogan, as the only women to hold those roles.
Since hiring Rivera, who is also Hispanic, in January 2020, Washington has hired the NFL's first black president (Jason Wright), the NFL's first Black female assistant coach (Jennifer King) and the first woman as part of a team's broadcast booth (Julie Donaldson, who also serves as the senior vice president of media). The team also hired a Black general manager earlier this offseason in Martin Mayhew.
Dorantes was previously Texas A&M's communications coordinator for the football team and has also worked at the NFL as a social media content creator and as a social media intern with the Cardinals.
"I'm a very proud Latina, and that's like the first thing I said,"regarding introducing herself to Rivera at the fifth annual NFL Women's Careers in Football Forum in February. "I was like, 'As another Hispanic, I think it's great that you're in football because there's not many of us, so thank you for that and thank you for being on the forum. It shows a lot that you're just here supporting us."
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