Miguel Duarte was hired as Chief of Staff on December 1st, 2016. He is entering his second season with the Athletics. In his role, Duarte oversees the Office of the President arm within the organization. He supports Club President Dave Kaval in heading the day-to-day business operations. In addition to piloting special projects, Duarte assists in managing the design and construction teams of the Athletics new ballpark efforts.
Duarte spearheaded the move of the Athletics business operations to a 40,000 square-foot, 3rd-floor space on Oakland’s waterfront at Jack London Square, a move which centralized the club to the community it serves while also offering first-class amenities for the staff. The office features a uniquely designed memorabilia hall, state-of-the-art gym, and a batting cage.
Prior to joining the Athletics, Duarte spent seven seasons with the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer. He originally joined the ‘Quakes as a Fan Relations Specialist. He led the team in renewal percentage in 2013, earning the club the Commissioner’s Award given to the team with the highest retention rate in MLS. Promoted to Executive Assistant and Board Liaison in 2013, Duarte exclusively worked under Kaval in the building of Avaya Stadium, a privately financed soccer-specific venue near San Jose Miñeta International Airport. Avaya Stadium opened to rave reviews and had hosted numerous matches with noteworthy clubs, including the 2016 MLS All-Star Game and friendlies featuring the US Men’s & Women’s Nation Teams.
Duarte holds a B.A. in Broadcast Communications from San Francisco State University. He also served as the Earthquakes online reporter and in-stadium host during his tenure in San Jose. The San Francisco native currently resides in Redwood City, CA.