Imm. Past President | Founder-Strategic Advisor – United Soccer Coaches | Nikao Management

Ashlee Fontes-Comber

Is an award-winning executive in women’s soccer with an unwavering commitment to positively impact the women’s game. She notoriously has the keen ability, verified prowess to develop and implement vision and strategy through systems and processes with exceptionalism and innovation to drive results. Accompanied by the tenacity to unite all the right stakeholders with a mission to advance the women’s game, Fontes-Comber has a proven track record of undeniable success and sustainable cornerstone contributions to the game in the US.

In 2022, she served as the first elected female of color for the world’s largest soccer coaching association, United Soccer Coaches; concluding her 6-year term of board service in January 2024.

Via Nikao Management, Fontes-Comber spearheaded the market strategy for ata football. Separately, she co-founded the Girls Academy league, revolutionizing player-empowerment standards across the nation.

Fontes-Comber was the first female of color to run a professional soccer franchise in the US, as first in charge of the NWSL’s founding club, the Washington Spirit. She built the Spirit into a championship contending club with a robust youth academy from scratch during her tenure, achieving profitability status. As a player, she helped pave the way to Florida State University to become a dynasty in women’s soccer as well as competing in the W-League in the early 2000s.
Fontes-Comber is in the midst of an investment project for the game, is consulting and is completing her doctorate at FSU.