WNBPA re-elects Nneka Ogwumike as president, Layshia Clarendon as first vice president
With WNBA players still in labor negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement, their union released the following results of the organization’s elections:
The Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) announced the reelections of Nneka Ogwumike as WNBPA President, and Layshia Clarendon as WNBPA First Vice President. Ogwumike and Clarendon, who were previously elected to the same roles in 2016, demonstrated their commitment to advancing the Union’s mission. The decision of the Board of Player Representatives’ provides a vote of confidence and ensures steady and consistent leadership.
“I’m humbly honored to be re-elected as WNBPA President.” said Nneka Ogwumike, “This is a role that’s afforded me a special opportunity to lead in and to leave a legacy.”
Together, Ogwumike and Clarendon have raised the level of player engagement across the league and strengthened the voice of the players. Under their joint leadership, the WNBPA has maximized relationships with labor unions all over the world, and defined its place in the landscape of sports labor unions. The WNBPA has also taken a major leap forward in a variety of areas to include a developing group licensing program with the goal of creating new revenue opportunities for players, as well as expanding career and educational opportunities with partners like Microsoft, NASA, Arizona State University. Most recently, and largely due to the influence and direction of union leaders, the WNBPA created a Board of Advocates featuring a diverse group of industry representatives from business, politics, entertainment, media and sport.
Recognizing what it takes to continue the union’s progress, Clarendon said, “I’m honored and thrilled to serve as the Union’s First Vice President for another term. This is one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever had yet take so much pride in representing and fighting for every player in this league.”
The term for WNBPA President and WNBPA First Vice President is three years and will begin immediately. The other members of the WNBPA Executive Committee are: Carolyn Swords (Treasurer), Elizabeth Williams (Secretary), Chiney Ogwumike (Vice President), Sue Bird (Vice President), Elena Delle Donne (Vice President). The entire Executive Committee remains committed to reaching a successful conclusion in the WNBPA’s negotiations with the League for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).