Brian Auld begins his 15th season with the Rays and his sixth in his current position as team president. Together, he and Matt Silverman lead the club’s operations both internally and externally, including an innovative plan for the team to build new home ballparks in both Tampa Bay and Montreal and divide its home games across both geographies.
In his tenure as team president, Auld has brought a renewed focus to the Rays mission—to energize the community through the magic of Rays baseball—by redoubling the Rays commitment to its community and to its employees.
Under Auld’s leadership, the Rays have developed a thriving workplace culture. In addition to paid parental leave, adoption benefits, paid volunteer time and a wellness initiative, the Rays created a $10 minimum wage for all part-time employees.
In 2018, Auld and Silverman oversaw the Rays purchase of the Tampa Bay Rowdies USL soccer team, based in St. Petersburg. They now also serve as vice chairmen of the Rowdies, overseeing all franchise operations.
Prior to Auld’s promotion to team president, he oversaw a wide spectrum of the team’s business operations, including the human resources, information technology, marketing, ticket sales, fan experience and stadium operations departments. Auld joined the Rays in June 2005 as director of planning and development, where he worked closely with Silverman to define organizational priorities and assist with the transition in ownership. Soon after, he played a key role in establishing the Employee Community Outreach Team (ECOT). All Rays staff may spend up to one paid workday each month volunteering in the community and ECOT assists by finding opportunities.
Before joining the Rays, Auld attended Harvard Business School, where he earned his MBA focusing on managing human capital, marketing and finance. Auld’s previous work experience includes serving as lead teacher and director of development for the East Palo Alto Charter School in California.
Born in Berkeley, Calif., Auld received a bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s degree in education from Stanford University, where he also captained the lacrosse team. He and Silverman met in high school in Dallas, and graduated one year apart. Brian is proud to claim that he once trekked to the bottom of Mount Everest.
He currently serves on the board of directors of the Rays Baseball Foundation, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, CEOs Against Cancer, St. Petersburg Economic Development Corporation and Tampa Bay Partnership. He also serves on the Heart Ball Cabinet for the American Heart Association and the Sports Advisory Council for Special Olympics Florida.
He and his wife, Molly, reside in St. Petersburg and are proud parents of two daughters, Lucy and Mia, and a son, Jack.