Vice President, Center for Civic Sites and Community Change
As vice president of the Center for Civic Sites and Community Change, Ryan Chao oversees the Foundation's place-based investments. Central to this work are significant neighborhood transformation initiatives in Atlanta and Baltimore, where the Foundation is linking economic, educational and housing programs to strengthen families and communities. Chao also oversees multisector strategies, including Casey's Evidence2Success and Family-Centered Community Change efforts, that seek to demonstrate promising practices and expand the use of effective programs to advance child well-being.
Before joining the Foundation, Chao served as executive director of the Berkeley, California-based Satellite Housing, where he led the development of affordable housing communities serving a broad range of people and created innovative partnership models that combined housing with comprehensive support services. He previously worked at the Bryant Park Restoration Corporation and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone. Chao also is an alumnus of the Casey Foundation's Children and Family Fellowship.
Chao earned his bachelor's degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business.