LI Native Spera Named NPSL Managing Director

Cindy Spera, NPSL
Cindy Spera. Photo: Bethanie Dardant/

Cindy Spera’s love of the Beautiful Game was built during her playing days in the Cow Harbor Soccer Club in Northport.

Today, she remains active in the world of soccer having been named managing director of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).

On the pitch and after her youth playing days in Long Island, Spera played her college ball at Cornell University from 1998-1991. She was named a Soccer America Freshman All-American Team (1998), Ivy League Rookie of the Year (1988), First Team All-Ivy League (1991), and Northeast All-American (1991) honors during her time at Cornell.

Spera also played for the Long Island Rough Riders from 1994 through 2002, winning national titles in 1995 and 1997. She was also part of three USASA National Championships with New York Athletic Club as a player (2007), player/Chairperson (2010), and Chairperson of Soccer (2014).

“This is an exciting time to be involved with soccer in this country,” Spera said. “The amateur game and grassroots soccer, and leagues like the NPSL, will play an important part in the evolution of soccer in the United States. I am excited to apply my combination of soccer and business experience to develop the league and bring it to the next level of success.”

Spera has more than 20 years experience in the financial industry. After starting her career at Chemical Bank in their collateralized lending group, in 1997  she joined Morgan Stanley where she spent 16 years. During her tenure at Morgan Stanley, she served as a financial controller and analyzed global markets for new operations and technology centers with a focus on financial sustainability.

During her last years at Morgan Stanley she was the COO of Global Operations for the firm, and part of a team that produced consolidated management reporting for the firm’s Global Technology and Operations areas, which had a combined budget of $4.2 billion.

“We are so fortunate to have within the NPSL family a proven leader who has shown success in both soccer and business,” said Joe Barone, NPSL Chairman. Cindy’s played many, many critical roles in the building of the NPSL so she can fit right in and manage the league accordingly.”

Spera has also held high-level positions with a number of soccer leagues and organizations. She served as New York Athletic Club’s Chairperson of Soccer for five years in addition to serving on their Board of Governors from 2015 to present. Spera spent time as the North Region Commissioner for the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) and currently serves as a conference liaison.

She also served on the Cosmopolitan Soccer League’s Board of Directors for two years. With the NPSL, Spera spent three years on the league’s Board of Directors as Treasurer. She later served as the league’s Director of Operations.