Phoenix Suns hire first woman of color as NBA assistant general manager

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The Phoenix Suns have hired Morgan Cato as assistant general manager and vice president of basketball operations, making her the first woman of color to hold an assistant general manager title for an NBA franchise.

Cato comes to Phoenix after spending nearly a decade in the NBA league office, where she most recently worked as associate vice president of business operations for the NBA’s league operations department.

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“We are thrilled to welcome Morgan to the Valley and to the Suns organization,” Suns general manager James Jones said in a statement. “With the league office, Morgan has played a pivotal role in countless initiatives to grow the game and strategically develop it to be played at its best. Adding his experience and knowledge will allow us to elevate our basketball operations in several areas.

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According to the team, Cato, of Brooklyn, New York, will report to Jones and coach Monty Williams to help the team’s “strategy and business processes for basketball growth and performance by putting the focus on coach development, player engagement and front office staff operations.

Cato will now help James Jones and the Phoenix Suns stay in contention and break through for their first championship in franchise history.

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