BETHESDA, Md. — The National Women’s Soccer League Players Association announced Monday that Meghann Burke has been named fulltime executive director for the organization, effective April 1.

Brooke Elby, former NWSL player and NWSLPA president, will transition from the role of Executive Director into an advisory role.

Burke has served the NWSLPA as general counsel since 2017 and as Chief Operating Officer since November 2020. She is a former professional soccer player and has practiced law at Brazil & Burke P.A. in Asheville, N.C. for the past decade, focusing on criminal defense and civil rights.

During her professional soccer career, Burke played for the North Carolina Courage, Chicago Red Stars and Sky Blue FC, as well as helping to found the WPS Players Union in 2010.

“I am deeply honored with the trust the players have placed in me to lead the Players Association through this critical year and into the future,” Burke said in a statement. “I am ready to get to work advocating for Players in NWSL as we continue to grow the membership and strength of our Players Association. I look forward to building upon the strong foundation that Brooke built during her tenure and that Yael Averbuch laid before her.”

Elby has served the NWSL Players Association since its inception in a variety of roles, but most notably as the NWSLPA president and as the executive director. Since 2017, Elby has been instrumental to the growth and direction of the organization. While Elby’s role within the organization will shift to that of an advisor, her passion and expertise will remain important to the NWSLPA’s future. Elby will continue her studies at the Columbia Business School and is looking forward to a summer internship opportunity in Washington, D.C.

“It has been an honor to advocate for and work with the NWSL Players through unprecedented challenges this past year,” Elby said in a statement. “We have emerged from that stronger than ever.”

“With the leadership of Yael and Brooke, thus far, and now to have Meghann enter the stage, I feel our organization has really hit the jackpot,” NWSLPA president Tori Huster said in a statement. “There is no one better suited for this position, other than Meghann. These three women have been incredibly valuable assets to the NWSLPA since 2017 as well as amazing people and I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with all of them and see their passion in action.”