The Oakland Roots have named former NWSL executive Lindsay Barenz as their new president.
Barenz served as the NWSL's vice president of business development in 2020-21, leading the sale of the league’s broadcast rights and helping secure several league-wide partnership deals. In between her 13 months at the league office, she had legal and business development roles with the Utah Royals, Real Salt Lake and Real Monarchs and the role of president of business operations for the Washington Spirit.
“I’m incredibly excited to join Oakland Roots Sports Club and help them in their mission to build the leading, purpose-driven sports team in the United States,” said Barenz. “I believe strongly in the club’s vision of how a sports organization should be built and I’m excited about the opportunity to work in a wonderful city like Oakland. I can’t wait to get started.”
She will start on Monday, succeeding interim president Steven Aldrich, the Roots' chairman.