The NBA is welcoming even more women into its ranks. On the heels of Pam El‘s CMO appointment last month, Washington, D.C. attorney Michele Roberts was named as the new executive director of the National Basketball Players Association. Roberts is the first woman to head up a major North American Sports Union under this appointment.
The National Basketball Players Association’s executive committee and team player representatives cast 32 votes in favor of Roberts being elected to the position. She replaces former executive director Billy Hunter. The players considered more than 300 candidates during their 17-month search before picking Roberts, who has been called the finest trial lawyer in Washington by Washingtonian Magazine. Roberts already has her work cut out for her and plans to assemble a management team to run the union, change the union bylaws, and gear up for negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement. The players can opt out of the current CBA after the 2016-17 season. Looks like the NBPA is happy with their choice.