Kim Roberts Hedgpeth First Black American Named as CEO of National U.S. Soccer Body

Kim Roberts Hedgpeth first black american named to lead U.S. Soccer national organization

Kim Roberts Hedgpeth First Black American Named as CEO of National US Soccer Organization (Photo credit: Zimbio)

Kim Roberts Hedgpeth became the first black America named as chief executive of a major national U.S. soccer organization. She was named National Executive Director of the American Youth Soccer Organization. Kim Roberts Hedgpeth will begin her new role on April 1.

“We see Kim as the ideal person to support the change management of the AYSO Strategic Plan,” said AYSO President Paula Berriz, in making the announcement.  “We believe that Kim’s diverse and successful background brings many talents and unique capabilities that will impact our organization in many new and exciting ways as we approach our 50 year anniversary.  Kim is a proven leader for our national staff and is a very welcome and important addition to our organization.”

Hedgpeth helped negotiate and implement the 2012 merger of AFTRA and the Screen Actors Guild. Upon completion of the merger of the two unions, she chose to step down from her executive role to pursue personal projects.  Source

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