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Tampa Bay Rays



The Tampa Bay Rays have proudly represented Major League Baseball in the Tampa Bay region since 1998. The organization and its foundation are committed to building a strong community bond through meaningful interaction and charitable contributions. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig calls the Rays a “model organization,” and the organization is widely recognized as being “best-run, most symbiotic” in baseball. Over the past six years, the Rays have won more games than any other MLB team except the New York Yankees. The team’s streak of six consecutive winning seasons is the longest ever among Tampa Bay’s major sports franchises. ESPN has long recognized the team’s fan-friendly approach and attention to customer service. It ranked the Rays in fan affordability in each of the past seven years among all MLB, NFL, NHL and NBA franchises. Through grants and other contributions, the Rays Baseball Foundation has invested over $3 million in the Tampa Bay region over the past six years.

Rafaela A. Amador

Rafaela A. Amador Fink joined the Rays in June 2014 and was promoted to Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer in December 2021. She leads all public affairs efforts and serves as the club’s government affairs liaison. Additionally, she works across departments to ensure consistent and effective communication of business issues and manages all crisis communications.

Prior to joining the Rays, Rafaela served as an account director at a public relations and public affairs firm, was vice president of public affairs and communications at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, worked in local politics and taught high school English. She received a 2009 Ford Foundation Fellowship for Regional Sustainable Development through the American Chamber of Commerce Executives and traveled to various cities in the U.S. and China throughout her course of study.

Amador holds a bachelor’s in international studies with a Spanish minor from the University of South Florida. She serves on the board of directors for Community Tampa Bay and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, and is a member of the Tampa Bay Partnership’s Racial Equity Task Force, the Tampa Bay Area Committee on Foreign Relations, and USF’s Women in Leadership and Philanthropy. She was also a founding board member of the New Leaders Council Tampa Bay chapter and served as an Honorary Commander at MacDill Air Force Base. She lives in Tampa with her husband, Jason, son, Maddox, and their rescue dog, Gonzo.



Rafaela A. Amador
Chief Public Affairs & Communications Officer