About the board
The Board of Directors of U.S. Soccer is the governing board of the Federation in accordance with the Amateur Sports Act of 1978. Consisting of elected members representing all facets of soccer in the United States, the Board administers the affairs of the Federation between meetings of the National Council.
Carlos Bocanegra – A stalwart on the U.S. Men’s National Team, Carlos Bocanegra earned 110 caps from 2001-2012. After serving many years as team captain, Bocanegra’s leadership skills helped him to transition from a successful playing career to a successful career as an administrator when he became Technical Director of Major League Soccer expansion team Atlanta United in 2015. As a player, Bocanegra was a member of the U.S. MNT that competed at the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups, and was captain during the U.S. victory against No.-1 ranked Spain at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. As Technical Director, Bocanegra’s Atlanta United debuted in Major League Soccer in 2017, reaching the playoffs that same year and winning MLS Cup 2018 in only its second season.
Lori Lindsey – Lori Lindsey was a member of the U.S. WNT that competed in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany, and was an alternate for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Lindsey worked her way up to the full U.S. WNT after being a member of the U.S. U-16, U-17 and U-21 Women’s National Teams, including the U-21 team that won the 2001 Nordic Cup in Norway. Lindsey is currently a performance coach at Lori Lindsey Performance, and also served as a commentator for National Women’s Soccer League games on go90 and the NWSL website in 2018.
Chris Ahrens – A member of the U.S. Para 7-a-side National Team from 2006-2016, Chris Ahrens was a member of the U.S. team that qualified for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Ahrens is an Adapted Physical Education Teacher for the San Diego Unified School District and head coach at Crusaders Soccer Club.
Pro Council Representative
Alec Papadakis – The current CEO of United Soccer League (USL), Papadakis has served as the league’s top executive since 2009. He is the CEO and Managing Partner of NuRock Soccer Holdings and a franchise attorney with four decades of domestic and international experience. A former player for the Atlanta Chiefs and Boston Minutemen, Papadakis had a long, successful career in the U.S. at both the professional and collegiate level. He previously served on the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors as a Pro Council Representative from 2015-2017.
Adult Council Representatives
Richard Moeller – Richard Moeller is Vice President of the United States Adult Soccer Association and President of the Florida State Soccer Association.
John Motta – President of the United States Adult Soccer Association since 2014, John Motta has been a long-serving member of the soccer community in the United States. Motta previously served as New Hampshire Soccer Association from 1988-1998, and as U.S. Soccer Vice President from 1998-2000.
Youth Council Representatives
Dr. Pete Zopfi – Currently serving a two-year term as US Youth Soccer Association chair, Dr. Zopfi most recently served as chair for the US Youth Soccer Member State Association, California Youth Soccer Association – North (Cal North), from 2010 to 2018. Dr. Zopfi also served as the State Association’s vice chair from 2006 to 2009. Dr. Zopfi also has more than 30 years of coaching experience, and he also played soccer at the University of California, Davis as well as the University of San Francisco. Aside from being a soccer administrator, Dr. Zopfi is a general surgeon in Northern California.
Tim Turney – A long-time youth soccer coach, director and administrator, Cullina was appointed Chairman of US Club Soccer’s Board of Directors in January of 2018. He is currently the Executive Director of Prince William Soccer and Virginia Development Academy and President of the Virginia NPL. Additionally, he is a member of the U.S. Soccer Youth Task Force. Cullina holds a U.S. Soccer National A Coaching License.
At Large Representative
Mike Cullina – A long-time youth soccer coach, director and administrator, Cullina was appointed Chairman of US Club Soccer’s Board of Directors in January of 2018. He is currently the Executive Director of Prince William Soccer and Virginia Development Academy and President of the Virginia NPL. Additionally, he is a member of the U.S. Soccer Youth Task Force. Cullina holds a U.S. Soccer National A Coaching License.
Lisa Carnoy – Lisa Carnoy was elected to the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors as an Independent Director in 2017. Carnoy is the Chief Financial Officer at global consulting firm AlixPartners, after 23 yeas at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Carnoy earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree cum laude from Columbia University. She became co-chair of the Columbia University Board of Trustees in September 2018. She has been a passionate advocate for diversity, co-founding several organizations including the Women’s Leadership Council at Bank of America and both the Women’s Leadership Council for Athletics and the Dean’s Advisory Council at Columbia. She also serves on the boards of the United Way of New York City, and the Rodeph Sholom School.
Patti Hart – Patti Hart has served as Chief Executive Officer of International Game Technology since April 2009. Before joining IGT, she was the Chairman and CEO of Pinnacle Systems Inc. from 2004 to 2005, and of Excite@Home Inc. from 2001 to 2002. Hart was previously Chairman and CEO of Telocity, Inc. and held various executive positions at the Sprint Corporation from 1986 to 1999, including President and COO of Sprint’s Long Distance Division. She was named on Fortune’s inaugural list of “Most Powerful Women” in 1998.
U.S. SOCCER EXECUTIVE STAFF
Chief Administrative Officer, Brian Remedi
Over 16 years experience at USSF. Previous Partnership experience at FIFA and TGI Systems. Northwestern MBA Graduate, 2011.
Chief Legal Officer, Lydia Wahlke
12+ years experience including General Counsel at Chicago Cubs for 7 years. University of Southern California Graduate, 1998. Attained JD Law, 2005.
Chief Communications Officer, Neil Buethe
17 years experience with USSF focused in Communications and Content. University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate, 1999.
Chief Financial Officer, Pinky Raina
Recently joined USSF in 2019, holds over 21 years experience in financial sector. Worked across Singapore, USA and Canada at firms including KPMG and the Marmon Group. Rhodes College Undergraduate, 1997 | University of Memphis, MBA 1998.
Chief Talent & Inclusion Officer, Tonya Wallach
Joined USSF in 2017, holds over 20+ years of focused HR experience. Prior organisations included Kraft Foods, University of Chicago and Arthur Anderson. University of Michigan Graduate, 1996.
Chief Sport Development Officer, Nico Romeijn
Joined USSF in 2015, working across Coaching Education up do the Chief Development role. Worked with UEFA (8 years) and the Dutch National Team (14 years) in education roles. Bachelor's Degree from the Academy of Sport & Education, Amsterdam.
Sporting Director, Earnie Stewart
Joined USSF in 2018 in newly created USMNT General Manager role. Previously Sporting Director at Philadelphia Union. Holds 10+ years Soccer Director experience. Professional and USMNT player for 16+ years.