Los Angeles – February 16, 2021 – The Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation (MMSF) Board of Directors recently announced that Kat Conlon has been selected as the organization’s first Executive Director. Conlon, who has more than twelve years serving as a nonprofit executive, assumed her new role on February 1, 2021. Conlon will lead the Foundation’s mission, which is dedicated to creating a positive impact for underserved athletes and young women in sports. MMSF was founded on the vision and in loving memory of Kobe and Gianna “Gigi” Bryant.
Conlon will be responsible to lead the strategic development, creation and implementation of programs and partnerships that will advance the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation’s efforts to help drive equal access and equal opportunity for women and underserved youth in sports.
“I am so proud to have Kat Conlon come on board as our Executive Director. She brings an abundance of knowledge and experience that embodies supporting young women and equal opportunity,” said Vanessa Bryant, President of the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation Board of Directors.
Prior to joining MMSF, Conlon served as the President of Friends of the American University of Afghanistan, where she raised millions of dollars from both the private and public sectors to ensure men and women have access to quality higher education in Afghanistan. Traveling frequently to Afghanistan for more than a decade, Conlon witnessed the resilience of women thriving under the most challenging circumstances – many of whom expressed themselves through sports.
“Working with young women in Afghanistan further emphasized to me that sport doesn’t just empower on an individual basis, it unites and inspires people collectively, which builds communities.” Conlon said. “I am grateful to work for an organization that will focus its efforts to use sport to empower young girls and provide opportunities to underserved athletes through the example of Kobe and Gigi Bryant, who routinely shared a message of hope, perseverance, and teamwork with their fans.”
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About Kat Conlon
Conlon holds a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and the Arabic language from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where she was a two-sport athlete in Basketball and Field Hockey. Conlon later received an M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. A five-time marathoner, Conlon has served on several boards, most recently Parents Supporting Parents, whichadvocates and educates families about the disease of substance use disorder and provides resources for treatment.