became the first Black president and just the third woman to hold the role in MLS history when she was appointed as D.C. United's president of business operations.
She comes to D.C. United from the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks, where she was president and chief operating officer the last two year.
"After conducting a thorough search process, we are confident that Danita Johnson is the right person to lead our business and help take our club to new heights,” Jason Levien
, co-chairman and CEO of D.C. United, said in a statement. “Throughout her career, Danita has demonstrated the ability to develop a positive and inspiring work culture, and she has done a tremendous job connecting with the communities in which she has lived and worked. We are thrilled that she has agreed to join us at this critical moment in D.C. United's trajectory.”
Johnson, who will join D.C. United in January, has spent 15 years with basketball teams, including the WNBA's Washington Mystics.
"I’ve learned a lot from my time with the WNBA, especially the Los Angeles Sparks organization," Johnson said. "It is my belief that establishing a winning culture off the field impacts every aspect of the business, from fan interactions to community engagement, and I am committed to doing just this for one of the most storied and decorated clubs in American soccer history."