NEW YORK (WXIA) -- Former Atlanta City Council President and Vice Mayor Lisa Borders was named Wednesday as president of the WNBA in an announcement by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. 

Borders will officially join the women's professional basketball league March 21. Most recently, she was Chair of the Coca-Cola Foundation and Vice-President of Global Community Affairs at the Coca-Cola Company.

"As a proven executive with a passion for the WNBA and the game of basketball, Lisa is the right leader at a pivotal time in the league's history," Silver in a statement Wednesday. "She will be responsible for spearheading our efforts to strengthen the WNBA and accelerate its growth."

Borders was instrumental in bringing the WNBA to Atlanta in 2008. The Atlanta Dream has won three conference titles since joining the league -- 2010, 2011 and 2013.

"The WNBA has reached a significant milestone, and I feel privileged to be joining the league at such an exciting time," said Borders. "I have always been a staunch supporter of this league and its tremendous athletes. I am impressed by their talent and inspired by their passion. The athleticism of the game and the sportsmanship exhibited between teams offers clear evidence of our ability to grow women's basketball."