Gayle Benson, Governor of the New Orleans Pelicans, serves as one of the NBA Foundation’s eight board members. The New Orleans native is an accomplished business professional and philanthropist with strong ties to the local community. She is dedicated to contributing to the growth and enhancement of the Gulf South region. In addition to ownership of the Pelicans, Mrs. Benson is also owner of the New Orleans Saints, GMB Racing Stables, automotive dealerships, the Benson Tower office building, Benson Capital Partners, a brewery, and numerous other real estate ventures including the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.
Mrs. Benson has ensured the Pelicans, Saints and all of her businesses are dedicated corporate citizens in the Gulf South community. They have annually put millions of dollars back into the community in financial support, in-kind donations, charitable appearances and donations of goods and services, while being among the first to respond to numerous environmental, educational, health and social challenges. She serves on the NBA’s Labor Relations Committee and on the NFL’s Audit, Business Ventures and Hall of Fame Committees. Regionally she serves on numerous boards representing a broad array of community support.