Elected U.S. Soccer President in 2006, Sunil Gulati has more than 30 years of experience at all levels of soccer in the United States and has helped the sport rise to new heights.
Gulati currently serves as the President of Kraft Soccer Properties, taking the position after serving as Major League Soccer's Deputy Commissioner from its launch until 1999 and teaches in the economics department at Columbia University. He was elected U.S. Soccer President in Las Vegas on March 11, 2006.
The native of Allahabad, India, has played a role in the development of U.S. Soccer since the early 1980's and has been intimately involved in the rise of the U.S. National Teams to prominence. He served as U.S. Soccer's Executive Vice President from 2000 to 2006 before stepping into his role as President.
He has served in numerous other positions for U.S. Soccer, including Managing Director of National Teams, Chairman of the International Games Committee and Chairman of the Technical Committee. He was also the original Managing Director of U.S. Soccer's Project 2010 and served as Chairman of both U.S. Cup '92 and U.S. Cup '93, two events that helped showcase U.S. Soccer's rise and prepare the federation for the upcoming 1994 FIFA World Cup.
At the highly successful FIFA World Cup USA 1994, Gulati served as Executive Vice President and Chief International Officer, helping to guide the sport to heights never before seen in the United States. Gulati was also on the original U.S. World Cup bid committee from 1986 to 1988 that helped bring the event to the United States for the first time.
He currently represents U.S. Soccer on the CONCACAF National Team Competitions Committee and serves on the FIFA World Club Championship Committee, as well as the FIFA Task Force for Clubs. Additionally, Gulati served on the Board of Directors of FIFA Women's World Cup USA 1999 and 2003 and is currently a member of the Board for the U.S. Soccer Foundation and National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Gulati graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bucknell University and earned his M.A. and M. Phil. in Economics at Columbia University. He served on the Columbia Economics Faculty from 1986 to1990 before joining the World Bank through its Young Professionals Program in 1991 and serving as country economist for the emerging country of Moldova.
Gulati, 48 and his wife, Marcela, have one son, Emilio, and one daughter, Sofia. They live in New York City.