MEMBERS OF THE USSF 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.

Meeting Minutes

 Term for Members of the Board 

POSITION

MAXIMUM TERMS

LENGTH OF TERM

President

Three (3) terms

Four (4) years each term

Vice President

Athlete Council Representative

No term Limits

Four (4) years each term

USSF CEO/Secretary General

Employee of organization

Independent Directors

Three (3) terms

Three (3) years each term

Adult Council Representative

Eight (8) terms*

Unless member is employee of organization

Two (2) years each

At Large Representative

Pro Council Representative

Youth Council Representative

 


U.S. Soccer President

Cindy Parlow Cone
 
Cindy Parlow Cone

Term 2

U.S. Soccer's first woman president, Parlow Cone played for the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1996-2004 and was a member of the historic 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup championship team. She also won two Olympic gold medals (1996, 2004) in a career that spanned 158 caps and saw her score 75 international goals, which is eighth all-time in U.S. history.  During the past 20 years, she has served on U.S. Soccer’s Referee Committee, Medical Advisory Committee, Appeals Committee and the Athletes’ Council as well as more recently with U.S. Soccer’s Youth Task Force.

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U.S. SOccer vice president

Bill Taylor
 
Bill Taylor

Term 1

While serving in US Youth Soccer as the President of Idaho Youth Soccer Association for the last 10 years as well as the Chairman of the USYS Organizational Growth Committee, Taylor has never been more encouraged to see the opportunity to united U.S. Soccer membership in a way that will grow the sport. For too long, U.S. Soccer membership has been circling the same conversation and it’s time to think of new collaborative ways to move forward as a country. He looks forward to bringing his years of experience in his professional career, coaching background, state and national soccer leadership roles to the VP of US Soccer.



U.S. Soccer CEO/Secretary-General

Will Wilson
 
Jt Batson
Chief Executive Officer

JT Batson was named CEO / Secretary General of the U.S. Soccer Federation on Sept. 26, 2022.

Batson fell in love with soccer at a young age. He played club soccer for Augusta Arsenal growing up in Georgia and later helped run the club while serving as a referee, a referee assignor, mowing and lining fields and working in coaching recruitment. He has coached boys and girls at the grassroots level and has been active in supporting his childhood soccer club as a member of the Augusta Arsenal Soccer Club advisory board.

A long-time member of the soccer community, he feels his experience in grassroots soccer helped shape who he is today, an executive who prides himself on doing the work necessary to achieve goals and create important bonds with employees and partners while also teaching and mentoring.

A strong believer in the power of teamwork, the first software he ever worked on was for the assigning of youth soccer referees for tournament organizers. He also paid for college, in part, by working soccer camps. He has described his young self as being a kid that didn’t dream of playing in a World Cup, but instead of organizing one. Like for many, the 1994 FIFA World Cup held in the USA had a profound impact on Batson and opened his eyes to the potential and global impact of soccer. It was a rallying cry to think big about soccer in the USA, and a watershed event for his generation, showing how big investment can impact the future while setting the stage for the 2026 FIFA World Cup to impact many more soccer fans of all ages.

Batson has spent his professional career at the intersection of media, advertising and technology, focused on solving challenging problems at scale through innovation and collaboration.

A former member of U.S. Soccer Finance Committee, Batson comes to the Federation with experience heading large companies. He previously served as CEO of Hudson MX, a 425-person NYC- and Atlanta-based software company, which he co-founded and where he will remain a member of the board, that focuses on workflow and financial software for the advertising ecosystem.  

His previous work with U.S. Soccer led to him helping spearhead the creation of the U.S. Soccer Development Fund which raises money to support U.S. Soccer’s development of world-class players, coaches and referees, all with the goal of continuing to inspire a nation. 

Prior to founding Hudson MX, he was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Greylock Partners and Accel Partners. 

Batson began his career as an early employee of Mozilla focused on international growth efforts of the then-nascent Firefox browser. He subsequently joined the Rubicon Project pre-revenue where he helped scale the company to six countries as the EVP, Revenue and Global Development. He’s also served in executive roles at Mediaocean and Cumulus Media.

He is currently on the Undergraduate Cabinet at Stanford, from which he graduated with a BA in Political Science and where he won the JE Wallace Sterling Award, an honor that recognizes the graduating senior whose undergraduate leadership and volunteer activities have made the largest impact on the Stanford community.

As an undergrad at Stanford, he worked with the men’s and women’s soccer programs as a student assistant focused on recruiting, soccer operations, marketing, camps and fundraising. The Stanford men’s basketball teams took notice, and he also worked with that program, building a recruiting CRM system, managing dynamic ticket process and fan development. He also continued to referee during his college years, experiences that included running the middle during several scrimmages for the local professional teams.

Batson is a member of the board of the LGBTQ+ entrepreneur focused non-profit StartOut. He also serves on the board of directors for the NYC Ballet. Batson has guest taught at Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design and the Graduate School of Business.



 

ADULT COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES

 
 
Richard groff

Term 1



John Motta
 
John Motta

Term 5

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.



at Large Representative 

 
JOHN COLLINS

Term 1

John Collins has an international sports law practice in which he has represented sports organizations, athletes, coaches and agents in 15 different sports in a wide variety of matters.  John has participated at all levels of soccer, including FIFA, CONCACAF, professional leagues, professional clubs, national associations, players and coaches. 

He was General Counsel for U.S. Soccer from 1997 to 2001 and also a member of the FIFA Legal Committee and the FIFA Task Force Revision of Statutes.  Additionally, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago where he prosecuted a wide array of criminal cases. 

John has lectured extensively on sports law and ethics.  He taught sports law and legal ethics at the University of Chicago Law School and sports ethics at Loyola University.  He is Chair of the National Board of Advisors of the National Sports Law Institute.

 


ATHLETE REPRESENTATIVES

Chris Ahrens
 
Chris Ahrens

Term 2

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.

 



Nelson Akwari
 
DR. nelson akwari

Term 1

Dr. Nelson Akwari joined the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors and U.S. Soccer Athletes Council in December 2021.  He represented U.S. Soccer as a captain of the U-17, U-20, and U-23 national teams, and he played soccer professionally for 10 years (Major League Soccer, United Soccer League).  Dr. Akwari played collegiately at the University of California, Los Angeles where he earned his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering. 

Dr. Akwari works at Boeing as the Site Leader and Operations Superintendent for the Interiors Responsibility Center South Carolina.  He serves on various Executive Boards focused on STEM based educational initiatives, health and wellness, and economic community development.  Dr. Akwari has experience as a youth soccer coach, mentor, and consultant.     



 

Nicole Barnhart
 
nicole barnhart

Term 1

I played for the USWNT for 10+ years and earned 54 caps and played in the WPS and NWSL. I’ve coached on YNTs, as a volunteer at Stanford, in the WPSL, I do private goalkeeper training, and run Techne GK. I helped create the NWSLPA and have sat on the Board as secretary.

 



 
sean boyle

Term 1

Sean Boyle was named to the Board of Directors for the U.S. Soccer Federation on December 3rd, 2021. Sean, 26, comes to Board as a representative on the Federations Athletes’ Council, as well as a member of the Athletes’ Advisory Committee within the USOPC. He also currently sits on the International Games Fee’s Committee.

As an athlete Sean has represented the United States since 2016 on the U.S. Paralympic Soccer Team. He competed in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games as well as the 2019 IFCPF World Championships held in Sevilla, Spain. He received a bronze medal at the Para Pan American 2019 games held in Lima, Peru and was voted U.S. Soccer’s Player of the Year with a disability in 2017.



Lori Lindsey
 
Lori Lindsey

Term 1

Lori Lindsey was a member of the USWNT 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 USWNT 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.

 

Oguchi Onyewu
 
oguchi onyewu

Term 1

Oguchi Onyewu is a former member of the US Men’s National Team who spent over 10 years as a US mainstay in defense, starring in both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. Onyewu enjoyed a 15-year professional career in Europe having played in France, Belgium, England, Italy, Holland, Portugal, and Spain. Some of the most recognized teams he has played for are AC Milan (Italy), Sporting Lisbon (Portugal), and Newcastle United (England). Oguchi speaks 3 languages (English, French, Spanish), and is involved in a number of professional endeavors including being Secretary General of R.E. Virton, a professional soccer team in Belgium where he oversees all company activities. As well as being CEO of ONYX Elite, LLC. a sports performance company as servicing athletes across the east coast.

 

Danielle Slaton
 
danielle slaton

Term 1

Danielle played for the USWNT from 2000-2005. She played professionally for the Carolina Courage of the WUSA and for Olympique Lyonnais, and collegiately for Santa Clara University.

Danielle previously was a member of the Athlete Council and was a member of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors from 2012-2014. She is currently a board member of the U.S. Soccer Foundation and the Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative. She is a Director at Santa Clara University and a television analyst for Fox Sports, NBC and the San Jose Earthquakes. She has a master’s degree in Sports Administration from Northwestern University.”

 



INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS

Juan Uro
 
Juan Uro

Term 1

Juan Uro, a Partner at Ernst & Young with deep expertise in corporate strategy, growth strategy, capital allocation, operating model, operational improvement, governance and organizational design was elected as an Independent Director to the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors during the 2020 National Council Meeting. He specializes in advising CEOs, Boards, CFOs and other C-suite executives on strategy, corporate finance, operations issues. He has over 20 years of management consulting experience with companies across many sectors (media, financial services, consumer products and healthcare) and geographies (North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America).



Lisa Carnoy
 
Lisa Carnoy

TREASURER

Term 2

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 years 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

Term 2

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.



PRO COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE

Jessica Berman
 
Jessica Berman

Term 1

Jessica Berman is the Commissioner of the National Women’s Soccer League where she oversees all operations of the league with a focus on supporting players on and off the pitch, working with NWSL clubs to continue to build on the positive momentum of the league’s growing audience, and collaborating with NWSL partners to create the most engaging and entertaining fan experience.

Berman joined the NWSL after two and a half years serving as deputy commissioner and executive vice president of business affairs at the National Lacrosse League. During her time with the NLL, Berman’s responsibilities included overseeing team services, operations, marketing and communications, broadcast and content, community engagement, human resources, and league governance. 

Prior to her time with the NLL, Berman spent 13 years with the National Hockey League, first serving as vice president and deputy general counsel for the organization before becoming vice president of community development, culture and growth and executive director of the NHL Foundation. 
 
A graduate of the Fordham University School of Law, Berman also worked as an associate at Proskauer Rose LLP in the labor and employment sector where she represented several employers in collective bargaining negotiations, arbitrations, mediations and litigations, and worked on pro bono cases involving domestic violence, sexual assault and military matters. 
 
Berman completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, graduating with a degree in Sports Management and Communications. A Brooklyn, New York native, Berman resides in Larchmont, New York, with her two sons and two rescue dogs.  

 


Don Garber
 
Don Garber

Term 13

Don Garber was named Commissioner of Major League Soccer in 1999. During his tenure, MLS has expanded from 10 to 27 clubs, added 23 new owners and secured long-term broadcast agreements with major domestic and international broadcasters. Garber has also led efforts to develop soccer stadiums across the United States with more soccer venues due to open in the next few years. In 2002, Garber created Soccer United Marketing (SUM), an affiliate of MLS and one of the world’s leading commercial and media soccer companies. SUM represents a wide variety of soccer properties, including Concacaf, the United States Soccer Federation and the Mexican Soccer Federation. Prior to joining MLS, Garber spent 16 years in a variety of sales, marketing, programming and event management positions at the National Football League. In 1996, he launched NFL International, a division that was responsible for all aspects of the NFL’s business outside the United States.



Garrison Mason
 
garrison mason

Term 1

Since joining the USL as its General Counsel in 2014, Garrison Mason has overseen the USL Championship’s rise from Division 3 to Division 2, the launch of USL League One, the growth to 38 professional clubs, and recently led the negotiation of the USL Championship’s first-ever collective bargaining agreement. Mr. Mason attended Dartmouth College, he won two Ivy League championships as a member of the men’s soccer team, before attending Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He has also served as a member of US Soccer’s Rules Committee since 2016 and the Governance Task Force since 2021.”



 

YOUTH COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES

 
mike cullina

Term 1

Mike Cullina joined the US Club Soccer staff on July 1, 2021 and assumed the CEO/Executive Director position on January 1, 2022. Cullina recently concluded a two-year term as the At-Large Representative on U.S. Soccer’s Board of Directors and initially joined US Club Soccer’s Board of Directors in 2015 prior to being appointed as Chairperson in 2018.

Cullina has wide-ranging business and technical experience as a board member, league director, club executive director, club technical director, club director of coaching, A-licensed coach, grassroots coaching education instructor and referee.

Most recently, Cullina served as Executive Director of Prince William Soccer Club (PWSI) and Virginia Development Academy, and President of the Virginia Premier Soccer League.



Michael Karon
 
michael karon

Term 1

As a committed, but mediocre youth player, Michael learned firsthand how soccer teaches important lessons in life. He has been a grass roots soccer volunteer for almost 50 years and is currently National President of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO). He is passionate about making communities better by bringing more family centered soccer programming to more kids. Besides his interest in youth soccer, Michael has had a successful career as an executive and entrepreneur in the technology and financial services industries.

 


 
 
Todd lockhart

Term 1



Dr. Pete Zopfi
 
Dr. Pete Zopfi

Term 2

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.