Don Garber was named commissioner of Major League Soccer in 1999. During his tenure, MLS has expanded from 10 to 23 teams and secured long-term broadcast agreements with ESPN, FOX and Univision and major broadcasters in Europe, Asia and South America. Garber has also led efforts to develop more than 15 soccer-specific stadiums in the United States and Canada. Early in his tenure, he created MLS WORKS, a League-wide community outreach initiative dedicated to addressing important philanthropic and social issues. In 2002, he created Soccer United Marketing (SUM), an affiliate of MLS and one of the world's leading commercial and media soccer companies. Prior to joining MLS, Garber spent 16 years at the National Football League.
Garber has an honorary doctorate of humane letters from both Montclair State University and the State University of New York. He was also inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at his alma mater, SUNY Oneonta.