Wylie Chen

Wylie Chen is the Senior Manager for Operations and Accountability in the CDF Freedom Schools Division at the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) in Washington, DC.

CDF Freedom Schools are literacy and cultural enrichment summer and after-school programs CDF operates in partnership with community based organizations. Modeled after the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) led 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer, CDF Freedom Schools have served more than 60,000 families across the United States since 1995.


Wylie previously served as Director of CDF's Student Poverty Reduction Outreach (SPROUT) Program and as National Youth and Student Outreach Coordinator. He was an Angie Martin Public Interest Fellow at the Advocacy Institute, directed a summer English program at Da Hua High School in Taiwan, worked for US Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, and has contributed to numerous local, state and national political campaigns. He presently serves as a Commissioner for the to advise the Mayor of Washington DC on the interests of DC's APIA communities, and is a member of the .

As an undergraduate student at the University of Oregon (UO), Wylie worked on issues ranging from women's rights to access to education. As the Student Body President of UO, he successfully fought to keep low-income students on the Oregon Health Plan, increased campus funding for Child Care for student parents and advocated to increase the recruitment and retention of students and faculty of color on campus.


Wylie received a Bachelor's degree (BS) in Planning, Public Policy and Management, with minors in Women's Studies and Business Administration from the University of Oregon, and holds a Masters in Education from Harvard University in Administration, Planning and Social Policy.
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