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Elaina Pappas: 20 in Their 20s

Congratulations to Elaina Pappas, director of marketing at the Utah Jazz. She has been selected as one of the 2017 20 in Their 20s honorees.

Starting with a corporate services internship at Real Salt Lake, Elaina Pappas quickly worked her way up in Utah’s sports community. She is now director of marketing for the Utah Jazz, where she leads marketing campaigns for engaging the team’s fan base. Pappas helped make the phrase “Take Note” catch on with fans and players alike. She also helped generate awareness for the high-profile launches of the 2017 Nike jerseys, Utah Jazz app and Vivint Smart Home Arena renovation.

Pappas, says she is proud to have worked for two major league sports teams. “It’s been great experience having helped build the brand of a young major league team in Real Salt Lake and reinventing the brand of the Utah Jazz, a team that has been around for decades.”

Pappas is also one of 12 members to sit on  Diversity and Inclusions Council for the Larry H. Miller Sports and Entertainment companies. “The council promotes awareness initiatives that combat unconscious cultural bias in the workforce, and provides a greater voice and platform for women and people with diverse backgrounds in company matters,” she explains.


“Mia Hamm. I used to lay in bed every night and tell myself I was better than she was at soccer. Since that obviously didn’t work out, I figured working for a Major League Soccer team was a second best.”