BETHESDA, Md. – The Major League Soccer Players Association Wednesday announced the hiring of Dan Jones as its Chief Operating Officer.

Jones will help lead day-to-day operational activities, strategic initiatives, and growth mandates on behalf of the players.

“The PA is in the midst of a period of substantial growth,” MLSPA executive director Bob Foose said in a statement. “With Dan’s unique background spanning the private, public, and non-for-profit sectors, he will be able to make an immediate impact in helping us manage our increasing impact on players’ lives.”

Jones joined the MLSPA from FedBid, Inc. where he was vice president of strategy & sales operations, responsible for the company’s business intelligence platforms, growth and profitability initiatives, and corporate partnerships.

He helped lead the company’s acquisition by Compusearch Software Systems, Inc. in October 2017. Jones served as White House Liaison to the U.S. Small Business Administration. Jones holds a B.A. from Loyola University Chicago and an M.B.A from Harvard Business School.

“The opportunity to help shape the future of the Players Association and the landscape of professional soccer here in North America is incredibly exciting,” Jones said in a press release. “I’m grateful for the trust the players have bestowed on me and excited to get to work on their behalf.”