Kara Levis will serve as the new Events Director for MLQ, effective immediately.
Levis comes to MLQ with nearly seven years of experience in quidditch and a track record that includes many successful leadership roles.
She was first introduced to the sport in 2009 while attending UCLA. Levis participated in a number of competitive tournaments with the UCLA program, culminating in a runner-up finish at World Cup VI. Following graduation, she moved to the East Coast in search of new opportunities and settled in Boston, Mass. where she has played for Quidditch Club Boston for the past three seasons. An avid believer in “being the change you wish to see,” Levis served as the IQA California State Rep in the 2012-13 season and as the USQ Northeast Regional Director in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. This past summer she took on the role of manager for the Boston Night Riders and helped build the infrastructure of MLQ’s first champion program.
“We are incredibly excited to have such a talent joining our staff. From her work with the Night Riders to her time as Northeast Regional Director, she has consistently displayed an eye for innovation, a level head and a shrewd outlook,” Sturm said. “I have always said that she’d be at the top of my list for ideal managers and feel lucky we’ve had the opportunity to have her.”
Levis’s background in events started with West by Southwest, the first interregional tournament west of the Mississippi, which foreshadowed the impact of interregional play on developing top-tier programs. Since then, she has continued to produce successful and purposeful events, such as Northeast Classic, which brought a competitive event to Boston for the first time since Champions Series in 2012. Her efforts also resulted in attendance of over 250 local spectators at the Boston Night Riders versus New York Titans matches during the 2015 MLQ season.
By stepping into the role of Events Director for MLQ, Levis has high aspirations for growing the exposure of the sport and building our credibility as a professional endeavor.
“I am hugely looking forward to the bid process and to building the event infrastructure,” Levis said. “I want the 2016 Championship Weekend to be an accessible event, both physically and in a media sense, that is consumable to both seasoned players tuning in and the spectators and media who have never interacted with us before.”