Alisha Valavanis is currently the President & General Manager of the Seattle Storm. In this role, Valavanis oversees all business and basketball operations. She was hired as Chief Operating Officer of the Storm on June 18, 2014, elevated to President on Oct. 1, 2014 and promoted to President & General Manager on Jan. 5, 2015.
In Valavanis’ first WNBA Draft as General Manager, the Storm used its No. 1 overall pick to select guard Jewell Loyd, who went on to win Rookie of the Year. Seattle selected forward Breanna Stewart the next year, adding the only player to ever win three consecutive AP Player of the Year awards in college. Ahead of the 2016 season, the Storm entered into new partnerships with health provider Swedish Medical Center, television station Q13 FOX and automobile dealership Carter Subaru.
A native of Valparaiso, Ind., Valavanis came to the Storm with a strong involvement in women’s basketball, both as a former player and coach, uniquely blending with her experience in athletics business operations.
Valavanis joined the Storm in 2014 from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was an Assistant Athletics Director of Development. With Cal, she oversaw annual giving, alumni relations and development operations. Valavanis was responsible for annual fundraising efforts, oversaw the ticket-based donation program, established new courtside scholarship programs for both men’s and women’s basketball and drove comprehensive alumni engagement strategies.
Valavanis’ coaching career began in 2002 at California State University, Chico. In her four years as an assistant coach, the program made four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. In 2006 she moved on to the University of the Pacific, where she was elevated to associate head coach prior to the 2008 season. She has also worked as a WNBA scout with the New York Liberty.
A 2000 graduate of Chico, Valavanis played four years of basketball for the Wildcats, finishing her career as the program’s all-time leader in three-pointers. She was recently named a 2016 CSU, Chico Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient.