Theresa Clark Messer

Theresa Clark Messer '82, National Basketball Players Association

Theresa Clark Messer is the Director of Finance for the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) and all of their respective related entities. She is the first woman to hold this position since the NBPA’s inception in 1954. Additionally, Ms. Messer administers the Players’ group licensing program and serves on the boards that oversee the benefits jointly administered with the NBA.

Ms Messer co-managed the multi-million dollar renovation of the historic Mutual Life Insurance building in Harlem, which is now the headquarters for both the NBPA and WNBPA. Ms. Messer was also a member of the negotiation teams that assisted both the NBA players during the much publicized 1998-1999 lockout and the WNBA players in negotiating the first collective bargaining agreement for professional women athletes. She assisted in the WNBPA’s next two negotiations in 2003 and 2008, which led to a landmark system of free agency for WNBA players and created a flexible salary cap system.

Ms. Messer began her career at Peat Marwick & Mitchell now KPMG. She then joined MetLife as a financial consultant and then moved to various management positions at NYNEX, now Verizon.

Ms. Messer serves on the Advisory Board of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants’ Continuing Opportunities in the Accounting Profession Program. She is also a member of the Executive Building Committee of Community Baptist Church of Englewood.

She earned an Associates degree in Applied Science from the Borough of Manhattan Community College, a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Pace University, and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Long Island University.