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Val Ackerman

President, WNBA


Val Ackerman is the President of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The WNBA is affiliated with the 30-team National Basketball Association (NBA), and since its inaugural season in 1997 has become one of the pre-eminent women’s professional sports organizations in the world. Under Val's leadership, the WNBA has also become a recognized advocate in the areas of breast cancer awareness, fitness, literacy and Title 9.

Val served as an attorney and executive in the NBA for eight years prior to her appointment to head the WNBA in 1996. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of USA Basketball, the Executive Committee of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the National Board of Trustees for the March of Dimes and the National Board of Directors of Girls Incorporated.

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