Senior Vice President of Public Affairs
Sara Slane is senior vice president of public affairs at the American Gaming Association (AGA). As a key industry strategist and spokesperson, Slane has helped enhance the gaming industry’s reputation and build favorable perceptions among critical stakeholders, including regulators, legislators, the media, and the broader public. Her messages are delivered across multiple platforms, including: testifying before Congress and state legislatures; conducting television and print interviews with major outlets such as CNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The New York Times; and delivering remarks at high-visibility forums around the country, such as: South By Southwest, NCLGS, World Congress of Sports, Hashtag Sports, and Global Gaming Expo (G2E).
Most recently, Slane managed the most important advocacy victory in AGA history, a campaign to repeal the federal ban on sports betting known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). Slane was integral to planning the campaign’s strategy and leading key aspects, including building alliances with sports leagues and policymakers; handling the association’s day-to-day grassroots and communications efforts; and overseeing the development of original research that demonstrated the overwhelming support for legal, regulated sports betting among fans and quantified the economic opportunities for American businesses. Slane and AGA’s efforts culminated in the May 14, 2018 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn PASPA and clear the way for the gaming industry to offer sports betting under state regulation.
Because of her leadership role, Slane is touted as “the face of legalized sports betting” and deemed one of “the most important and influential voices in gaming”.
Since joining AGA in 2014, Slane has helped drive major growth opportunities, nearly doubling AGA’s association revenue and quadrupling its membership. This was accomplished by modernizing the association, enhancing its value proposition, and uniting the industry behind a common agenda.
Prior to joining AGA, she served as vice president of regional government affairs with MGM Resorts International where she spearheaded a successful ballot initiative campaign around the largest gaming referendum in the country. Her efforts led to a victory at the polls, the successful awarding of licensure to MGM National Harbor, and the building of the $1.4 billion gaming resort on the Potomac River.
Slane is a graduate of Ohio University and lives in the Washington, D.C. region with her two sons.