Marla Messing currently serves as the Interim CEO of the National Women’s Soccer League. Prior to accepting this position in October 2021, Messing served as the CEO of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), Southern California, where she led the effort to revitalize the sport through improvements and access to public facilities, high quality programming for elite players, and increased resources available to more than 40,000 members.
Prior to the USTA, Messing oversaw a proposal for a joint venture between Major League Soccer’s, LAFC, and the Spanish football club, FC Barcelona, to establish an FC Barcelona presence in Los Angeles for women’s professional soccer. This project was a natural fit with Messing’s portfolio, given her history in the soccer industry. Messing previously served as the President/CEO of the groundbreaking 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Executive Vice President of the 1994 FIFA World Cup, and a Co-Founder and Senior Vice President of Major League Soccer.
In addition to her executive roles in professional soccer and tennis, Messing served as the Vice President and Executive Director of the LA 2024/2028 Olympic and Paralympic Bid Committee. Messing was responsible for the Games’ innovation network and strategy, which was developed in consultation with many of California’s most prominent technology leaders. She helped develop the Games’ athlete strategy with Olympian Janet Evans, and she managed the Bid Committee’s relationship with Olympic and Paralympic national governing bodies and international federations.
Messing has served or currently serves on the Board of Directors of the US Soccer Foundation, the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games, the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission, the Los Angeles Sports Council, and the Kimmelman Campus, an academic and athletic facility being built in Los Angeles by, among others, the USTA and the Tiger Woods Foundation. Messing has also served on the Board of Trustees of Brentwood School, the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School, and the Parents Athletic Council of Brown University. In 2019, Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, appointed Messing to the City’s Commission on the Status of Women.
Messing received a BA from the University of Michigan and a JD from the University of Chicago Law School.