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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 Amador Fink

Chief Public Affairs & Communications Officer

Rafaela A. Amador Fink was promoted to Chief Public Affairs & Communications Officer in November 2021 & enters her 11th season with the Rays. In this role, she oversees broadcasting, baseball information, communications, public affairs, social media, and diversity, equity and inclusion. She works across departments to ensure consistent and effective communication internally and externally, manages all crisis communications and serves as the club’s government affairs liaison. Prior to joining the Rays, she served as an account director at a public relations and public affairs firm, was vice president of public affairs and communications at a 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 United States and China throughout her course of study. Amador holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies with a Spanish minor from the University of South Florida. She serves on the board of directors for The Orenda Foundation, Tampa Theatre, Tampa Bay EDC, Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce and Tampa Bay Sports Commission, and is a member of 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. Outside the office, she is a 200-hour certified yoga instructor and lives in Tampa with her husband, Jason, son, Maddox and rescue dog, Gonzo.

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