Paradigm Award Recipients
Attorney, Executive, Business Leader and Chief Operating Officer
Entering her 22nd season with the NBA, Matina Kolokotronis serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Sacramento Kings. Bringing decades of experience in sports and government law, community affairs and contract negotiations, Kolokotronis’ leadership has been integral to the development of the award winning Golden 1 Center as well as its adjacent, $500 million mixed-use development project, Downtown Commons. Golden 1 Center is recognized as the greenest and most technologically-advanced arena in the world and is the first professional sports venue in the world to achieve LEED Platinum certification. Together, Golden 1 Center and Downtown Commons represent a $1 billion investment in downtown Sacramento – a great source of pride for the community and driver of significant economic growth in the region.
Prior to her appointment as COO, Kolokotronis was the President of Business Operations. Kolokotronis is the only female in the NBA to hold the titles of both COO and President of Business Operations. Before being named President of Business Operations, Kolokotronis served as legal consultant for the Kings business and basketball operations teams, negotiating player and staff contracts. During that time, Kolokotronis was an Adjunct Professor of Law at McGeorge Law School, University of the Pacific where she taught Sports Law. Prior to that she served for six years as director of the Sacramento Kings Foundation, overseeing strategic development and fundraising activities. Before joining the Kings, Kolokotronis was an associate with Miller, Owen and Trost and practiced contract and sports law where her clients included the Kings and various NBA players.
Her leadership extends beyond the Kings organization and into the community where she is a dedicated mentor and advocate for numerous women’s advancement groups and non-profits. She is also very active in the Greek church. In 2015, Governor Brown appointed Kolokotronis to the California Citizens Compensation Commission.
Kolokotronis is a graduate of Loyola University and received her law degree from McGeorge Law School, University of the Pacific. Matina and her husband, Sotiris, are long-time Sacramento residents, and their three children – Constantine, Marisa and Nicholas – proudly wear purple.
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