Chief Operating Officer
Maya Mendoza-Exstrom is entering her seventh season with Sounders FC in 2020, currently serving as Senior Vice President of Legal and External Affairs, where she oversees and advises on the legal aspects of all club operations and strategic planning. In addition, she leads all external affairs, including government relations, community initiatives, civic and community relations and philanthropic efforts. Prior to joining the club, Mendoza-Exstrom was in private practice for seven years at Mendoza Law Center, dealing in all manner of business transactions, serving as outside general counsel and providing assistance with corporate formation and governance, real estate transactions, intellectual property licensing, employment matters, contract negotiation and commercial litigation.
In her current position, Mendoza-Exstrom works closely with both the business and technical sides of the organization, advising on risk management, compliance and governance, as well as serving as corporate secretary. She works directly on strategic initiatives for the organization. With her extensive background and experience as a player, coach, coaching director, referee and now parent in Washington Youth Soccer, Mendoza-Exstrom also oversees soccer camps, clinics and youth club development activities. She has been a key stakeholder for all civic matters related to the organization, from organizing with city leadership and government officials on the recent winning efforts of the United Bid to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup to North America, for which Seattle is a finalist among possible host cities, to managing the city-wide logistics around the team’s 2016 and 2019 MLS Cup Championship parades and rallies, to working with the nearby City of Tacoma on the feasibility and development of a soccer-specific stadium to house Sounders FC’s USL side. Mendoza-Exstrom additionally serves on the USL Board of Governors representing the club at the league level.
A born and raised Seattle Sounders fan, Mendoza-Exstrom grew up watching the club in all its previous iterations, from the NASL, A-League and USL to its current place in MLS. Mendoza-Exstrom serves as board member for RAVE Foundation, the official charitable arm of Sounders FC, working to build small and innovative soccer fields dedicated for free play in communities in Seattle. She serves as a board member with the Seattle Parks Foundation, the Wing Luke Museum and Legends of Washington Soccer, and regularly works with the Seattle Sports Commission. She is also a Board Member for the international Global Sports Initiative housed at Harvard University and an Emeritus Trustee of the Highline Schools Foundation Board of Trustees, as well as serving as a youth mentor and advocates for equity in education and access to sports and the arts. She is a former All-American soccer player at the University of Puget Sound and holds a USSF “B” Coaching License. Mendoza-Exstrom received her Juris Doctor from the University of Washington and currently lives in Burien with her husband, Travis, and their two daughters.