NFL hires first Black female game official, Maia Chaka
'It is an accomplishment for all women, my community, and my culture' Chaka says
The NFL has hired Maia Chaka as the first Black female official in league history. She will work games during the 2021 season.
Chaka enters the NFL after working in the Pac-12 and Conference USA. She was selected in 2014 for the NFL's Officiating Development Program, which identifies college officiating talent with the goal of showing them some of the same experiences as NFL officials before determining if they have the ability to succeed as an NFL official.
A graduate of Norfolk State, Chaka earned her bachelor's in education in 2006. She is a health and physical education teacher in the Virginia Beach public school system.
The NFL did not specify which officiating position she will work.