Kara Kawakami

Kara Kawakami
Premium Hospitality Manager
Minnesota United FC

Kara joined Minnesota United FC in March of 2017, in the organization’s first year as an MLS Franchise as the Events and Hospitality Manager - her focus was on building a premium service and operations department and managing events and hospitality for the corporate partnerships. In 2019, Kara shifted into a more premium emphasis with opening MNUFC’s soccer specific stadium, Allianz Field, by overseeing the service of suites and loge box clients and managing the experience for all premium areas at the stadium.

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 and 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.

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