A self-described “Boy Mom” of two sons, Swin Cash beams with pride and gratitude talking about her journey as the NBA’s first Black woman to secure an executive position in basketball operations.
Cash also recognizes the scope of her role expands beyond what transpires on the court.
Hired in 2019 as vice president of basketball operations and team development for the New Orleans Pelicans, Cash entered the organization with incredible pedigree as a three-time WNBA champion for the Detroit Shock, a four-time All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist.
“Her legendary experience as a player, champion and winner at every level, on and off the floor, represents everything we want this organization to be about,” said Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Cash spent some time with NBA.com dishing on her history, her role in New Orleans, childhood acting aspirations, and the WNBA’s stature as leaders at the forefront of the current movement for social justice and equality in this wide-ranging Q&A:
NBA.com: What does Women’s History Month mean to you?
Cash: The way I look at Women’s History Month is just an opportunity to spotlight women just in general. Not only women that are in the workplace, women that are stay-at-home moms, it just doesn’t matter. I think when you have marginalized groups of people who have had to fight for different rights, it feels good to have that month where you can just at least celebrate them. But for me, it’s the same as Black History Month; 365 [days a year] I’m still a woman, I’m still black in America. We celebrate who we are as a people year-round. For us around the country, for people that just continue on a day-to-day all this time it’s a good opportunity to take a pause, to spotlight and try to honor women.