Vice President - Programs & Grants
Wylie Chen is the Vice President of Programs & Grants and oversees the Foundation’s program initiatives and grant-making efforts, including Soccer for Success, Passback, Urban Soccer Symposium, and the Safe Places to Play initiative. Wylie has over 15 years of experience in non-profit management, having previously worked with several national and local organizations focusing on education, child care, health care, and juvenile justice issues. Prior to the Foundation, he worked at the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) as the Senior Manager for the CDF Freedom Schools program, a national summer and after-school literacy program serving thousands of low-income children nationwide. At CDF, he also served as the Government Relations Strategist and National Coordinator for Youth Outreach, working to address child poverty through policy and advocacy. Wylie previously worked at the Advocacy Institute in Washington D.C., directed a language program at Da Hua High School in Taiwan, and worked for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon. He also served as a Commissioner on the D.C. Commission on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs, and co-founded and co-chaired the D.C. Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Caucus. He currently serves as a Board Member for Children’s Cause for Cancer Advocacy, a national non-profit organization that advocates for the needs of children with cancer.
Wylie received a Bachelor of Science in Planning, Public Policy and Management, with minors in Women’s Studies and Business Administration from the University of Oregon, and earned a Master of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education. In addition to soccer, Wylie enjoys running, rock climbing, and softball, and is an avid Oregon Ducks fan. He resides in Washington, D.C. with his spouse Marian and daughter Maya.