Jessica Berman makes history in appointment as NLL deputy commissioner

National Hockey League executive Jessica Berman has been named the National Lacrosse League deputy commissioner, becoming the first woman to hold the title at any professional men’s sports league in North America.

Berman worked for the NHL for 13 years, most recently as vice president of community development, culture and growth, as well as executive director of the NHL Foundation. Prevously, she was deputy general counsel for the NHL and helped draft the 2012 NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Assuming the role as NLL executive vice president of business affairs as well, Berman will oversee all of the league’s legal affairs and transactions, manage team services, and assist commissioner Nick Sakiewicz with the NLL’s overall growth strategy.

“It takes the brightest and best to build great leagues and teams and, we are very proud to welcome one of the brightest, best and most progressive minds in sports business to the National Lacrosse League,” Sakiewicz said in a statement.

“Her wide-ranging background fits exactly with the growth trajectory we are on, and her addition to our veteran team is a perfect cultural fit and win for the league, our member clubs and for the sport of lacrosse,” he said.