Kara Kawakami

Events & Hospitality Manager
Minnesota United FC

Kara graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in 2011 with a degree in Sport Management. She began her career in sports with the Major League Soccer National Sales Center and obtained in her first ticket sales role at FC Dallas. Eventually returning to Minneapolis, MN – Kara spent time on various projects in fundraising, business development and events. In 2014, Kara began working with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, in premium and hospitality - focused on a white-glove service approach, she managed the transition of premium client experience through the completion of the new practice facilities, Mayo Clinic Square, and Target Center Suite and Premium Level Renovation. At this time, she oversaw the launch of the Chairman’s Club and Suites and built out a strategy plan for Mayo Clinic Square hospitality and events. For the last year and half, Kara joined Minnesota United FC, an MLS expansion team. Currently, her focus is on premium service, hospitality operations corporate partnership events, and preparing for the opening of MNUFC’s soccer specific stadium, Allianz Field in 2019.


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