Jessica Berman named new NWSL commissioner

Lizzy Becherano
Jessica Berman has been named commissioner of the NWSL
Jessica Berman has been named commissioner of the NWSL / Roy Rochlin/GettyImages

Jessica Berman has been named commissioner of the National Women's Soccer League

She replaces Lisa Baird, who resigned last October amid the allegations of sexual harassment and coercion against one of the league's most notable coaches. As of now, Interim CEO Marla Messing will continue in the role until Berman’s transition into the position on April 20.

Berman will oversee all operations of the league, and serve a four-year term. 

“I’m honored to be the next commissioner of the NWSL and grateful to the owners for their confidence in me," Berman said.

"Working on behalf of, and in partnership with, our players is my number one priority. Having been involved in professional sports for many years, I know how critically important a genuine partnership with players is for us all to be successful and continue to grow.

“The successful conclusion of the league’s first-ever CBA with our players is the perfect foundation from which to build that partnership, and I am grateful for Marla Messing’s leadership in getting that done.”

Berman previously served as deputy commissioner and executive vice president of business affairs at the National Lacrosse League for more than two years. She was also a vice president and deputy general counsel for the NHL.