Director of Programs & Grants
Wylie Chen joined the Foundation in July 2010 as the Director of Programs and Grants after working at the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) in Washington D.C. He most recently served as the Senior Manager for the CDF Freedom Schools program, a national summer and after school literacy program serving over 9,000 low income children nationwide. At CDF, he also served as the Government Relations Strategist and as 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. as the Angie Martin Public Interest Fellow, directed an English program at Da Hua High School in Taiwan, and worked for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon. He currently serves as a Commissioner on the D.C. Commission on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs, and co-founded and co-chairs the D.C. Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Democratic Caucus.
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 wife, Marian Fowler.