As vice president of civic sites and community change, Ryan Chao oversees the Foundation’s place-based investments. Central to this work are significant neighborhood-transformation initiatives in Baltimore and Atlanta, where the Foundation is linking economic, educational and housing programs to strengthen families and communities. Ryan leverages his experience in housing and community development to pursue strategies that reduce disparities for low-income people and neighborhoods.
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 combining housing with comprehensive supportive services. He previously worked at the Bryant Park Restoration Corporation and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone. He has participated in the Annie E. Casey Foundation Children and Family Fellowship. Chao earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Business Administration from the New York University Stern School of Business.