Ndidi Massay

Ndidi Massay was nominated for a position on the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and confirmed by the New York State Senate on June 17, 2016.  In her role as Commissioner, Ndidi is the chief policy maker and regulator for the NYSAC. Ndidi brings to the Commission more than 20 years of strategic leadership, management and legal experience in the sports, entertainment and media industries, including work in the private and non-for-profit sectors.  She is a world class leader, having worked with major companies and organizations, including the NFL, NCAA, ABC, ESPN, WWE and USATF on a variety of complex legal, business and diversity and inclusion matters.   

Before joining the NYSAC, Ndidi was the Executive Director of RISE (Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality). In her role, Ndidi created, developed and led the newly formed non-profit organization charged with promoting understanding, respect and equality in sports and beyond. Ndidi was guided by her extraordinary passion for addressing the issues of race and sports--in real terms with real solutions. Her unique background in sports, media and law shaped her body of work as an advocate of diversity and inclusion, and safety for athletes.

Prior to working with RISE, Ndidi held various positions in the sports and media industries with ABC News, ABC Sports, ESPN, NCAA, the University of San Francisco and the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. Additionally, she provided consulting services to companies such as the NFL, NCAA and WWE.

Ndidi has served as a board member of RISE; Inspire Nyack, an organization geared to help develop, implement and maintain educational excellence in the Nyack Public School District; the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ); Sports Section; and the Northwestern Alumni Medill Club of New York. Ndidi is an active member of the Sports Lawyers Association (SLA), Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association (BESLA) and Women in Sports and Events (WISE).

Ndidi received a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she led the softball team to the Women's College World Series in 1986 and earned four All-Big Ten selections. She was inducted into Northwestern’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.  She also received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Notre Dame School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in New York and California.