Board Members

Steve Zanella

Appointed by the Nevada Governor (term expires Dec. 31, 2026)

MGM Resorts International
President of MGM Resorts Operations

As President of MGM Resorts Operations, Steve Zanella oversees regional operations, future operations tied to domestic growth, and certain global growth initiatives. Additionally, he leads Sports Partnerships, Citywide Event Strategy, and the ongoing relationship with Marriott International. Mr. Zanella is an accomplished industry veteran who has held several leadership positions at MGM Resorts.

Previously, Mr. Zanella served as Chief Commercial Officer, where he oversaw Sports & Sponsorships, Brand Marketing, Direct Marketing, Group Sales, Revenue Management, Social Media, Loyalty and Commercial Strategy. Prior to that, he held the position of President & COO of CityCenter, where he managed daily operations and provided strategic direction for the ultra-luxury resorts.

A veteran of the hospitality industry with more than 30 years of experience, he joined MGM Resorts in 1991 as a participant in the Management Associate Program, which is a hands-on training curriculum for college graduates. In his tenure with the company, Mr. Zanella has also served as President & Chief Operating Officer of MGM Grand Detroit, Senior Vice President of Marketing for MGM Grand Las Vegas, Vice President of Slots at Beau Rivage, Director of Slot Marketing and Player Development also at Beau Rivage, and Domestic Marketing Administrator for Table Games Marketing at The Mirage.

Mr. Zanella received his bachelor’s degree in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In 2014 he earned a Master in Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business.