Kara Kawakami

Kara Kawakami
Events & Hospitality Manager
Minnesota United FC

Kara joined Minnesota United in 2017, during the organization’s first year as an MLS Franchise. She worked to build a premium philosophy to support the customized needs of premium guests and multi-year relationships, and transitioned through TCF Bank Stadium into the opening of Allianz Field. Currently, she oversees the service and strategy of all multi-year suite and loge box clients and focuses on continuing exceptional experience and service in all premium areas, representing 3 inclusive clubs, loge boxes and the suite level. Additionally, Kara serves on the Women in Sports Events Twin Cities (WISETC) Executive Board, helping launch the chapter in 2018.  

Kara graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in 2011 with a degree in Sport Management. She began her career in sports with the Major League Soccer National Sales Center training program and obtained her first ticket sales role at FC Dallas. Eventually returning to Minneapolis, MN – Kara spent time on various projects in fundraising, business development and events. In 2014, Kara rejoined the sports industry working with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx in premium hospitality. During her tenure, she managed the transition of suite multi-year clients through the completion of the new practice facilities, Mayo Clinic Square, and the opening of the Target Center Suite and Renovated Premium Level. Among some of her key projects were overseeing the launch of Chairman’s Club and Suites, guest chef programming, suite benefits and service offerings, and the launch of Mayo Clinic Square hospitality and events.