Big League

Mariners exec Catie Griggs ’03, Tu’09 wants to take you out to the ballgame.

As the Seattle Mariners president of business operations, Griggs handles off-the-field logistics, from television contracts and marketing to fan experience. She’s one of the highest-ranking female team executives in Major League Baseball. “I want Mariners games to be the most fan-friendly experience in baseball and professional sports,” she says. “I think that there’s an incredible opportunity to be forward leaning and try new things, particularly in a market like Seattle.”  

One new thing: a more accessible, discounted value menu in the ballpark. Three bucks can get you a hot dog, popcorn, nachos, or a refillable soda. “If it helps create an experience where fans feel appreciated and welcome, they’ll come back more often,” she says.

A government major, Griggs, 40, met her husband, Justin Griggs ’02, Tu’09, while they were undergrads. They now have two children and live in Medina, Washington. “We’re here to be an asset to our community,” she says. “We’re here to bring people together.”                               

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