Hannah Gordon Biography
(July 2018) Hannah Gordon is entering her eighth season with the National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers and her first as the team’s chief administrative officer and general counsel.
In her role, Hannah oversees legal, public affairs, risk management, community relations, the 49ers Foundation, 49ers EDU, 49ers PREP, fan engagement and the 49ers Museum. She advises on all legal issues involving both the football team and Levi’s® Stadium, including events such as Super Bowl 50, Wrestlemania 31, Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour, the Copa America Centenario and the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship.
In 2017, the San Francisco 49ers were named the ESPN Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year and NFL Pop Warner Little Scholars Team of the Year and have been honored by local organizations such as Family and Children Services of Silicon Valley and CityTeam for the organization’s work in the community. In addition to overseeing all community impact efforts, Hannah helped form the legal structure for The Golden Heart Fund, an independent non-profit established by 49ers alumni Ronnie Lott, Ron Ferrari, Harris Barton and Brent Jones that aides alumni in need. She is active in league-wide matters and hears appeals as a member of the panel that administers the NFL Player Tuition Assistance Plan and the NFL Severance Pay Plan.
Hannah joined the San Francisco 49ers in 2011 as director of legal affairs, a role she held for four seasons prior to becoming the vice president of legal and government affairs in 2015 and general counsel in 2016-17. She came to the 49ers from the NFL Management Council, where she worked on NFL player contracts, salary cap compliance, the 2011 NFL collective bargaining agreement and labor issues, including the 2011 lockout. Before joining the NFL, Hannah practiced at Latham & Watkins, LLP.
In 2015, she was named to the Legal 500’s GC Powerlist, “U.S. Rising Stars,” and in 2017, received the Silicon Valley Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times’ “Corporate Counsel Diversity Champion of the Year” award for the work she did along with 49ers owners on restructuring the 49ers Denise DeBartolo York Fellowship and implementing a diverse-slate interviewing policy. Under the change, the 49ers became the first team in the NFL to commit to interviewing at least one woman and at least one person of color for every business opening. Hannah also serves on the advisory board of San Jose State’s Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation Board.
Hannah holds a bachelor of arts from UCLA and a Juris Doctor from Stanford, where she has served as a Lecturer In Law.