David Morehouse currently is president of the Pittsburgh Penguins NHL sports franchise and will become chief executive officer in September 2010. In his current role as team president, Morehouse oversees ticket sales, marketing, corporate sales, communications, and brand development, and represents the team in corporate relations, governmental affairs, and future development of the former Mellon Arena site.
Since being named president in 2007, Morehouse has helped guide the team to unprecedented growth on the business side, including selling out every game for three straight seasons – a streak that is now at 166 games and counting. The Penguins also lead the NHL In local television ratings, website hit, and merchandise sales and were ranked 3rd in all of professional sports in fan relations by ESPN the Magazine. Under his leadership, all suites and club seats in the new CONSOL Energy Center were sold out more than a year before the new facility was scheduled to open.
Morehouse came to the Penguins in December 2004 as a Senior Consultant on the new arena project, bringing with him extensive national experience in political decision-making, strategic planning, and project development.
He served as senior adviser to the John Kerry for President campaign in 2004, traveling on the campaign plane and serving as Sen. Kerry’s traveling chief of staff. He worked in the Clinton-Gore White House, at the Pentagon, and on Capitol Hill during much of the 1990s, including a stint as senior counselor and trip director for Vice President Al Gore from 1999-2001. Overall, he worked on four presidential campaigns.
A native of Pittsburgh’s Beechview community, Morehouse attended the Community College of Allegheny County and Duquesne University, and received his master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is active in many community organizations and serves on several boards, including YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh and Hill House Association.
He and his wife, Vanessa, have three children, and live in Bell Acres.