Washington, DC – Today Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation, was selected by Results for America (RFA) for a two-year fellowship. The Fellowship will capture the collective experiences, insights and recommendations of well-respected nonprofit chief executives committed to advancing evidence-based solutions to better inform public policy and improve the impact of public investments. As part of RFA’s inaugural class of Nonprofit Fellows, Foster-Simeon will join 14 other dynamic nonprofit chief executives to create a community of nonprofit peers committed to driving large-scale systemic reform.
“I am honored to join this distinguished group of chief executives who are working to develop proven solutions to some of our country’s most complex challenges,” said Foster-Simeon. “By collaborating with other nonprofits to advance evidence-based programs that work, we will be able to have a greater impact in communities across the country.”
“Every day, these dynamic chief executives, and the organizations they lead, are harnessing evidence to improve lives, open opportunity and tackle our most pressing challenges,” said Michele Jolin, Co-founder and CEO of Results for America. “Through this Fellowship, we will help bridge the gap between the important evidence-based work being done by these nonprofits in communities across the country and the policymakers who represent those communities. We are honored to have these leaders join our Nonprofit Fellowship, and I thank them for helping us make investing in what works the new normal.”
As part of the Fellowship, Foster-Simeon is focused on using evidence and data to address youth development.
The U.S. Soccer Foundation uses soccer as a vehicle for social change and works in underserved communities to provide soccer programs that are proven to improve the health and social outcomes of children. As a participant in RFA’s Nonprofit Fellowship Program, Foster-Simeon will have an opportunity to collaborate with other nonprofits on best practices to build and use evidence in order to improve youth development in communities across the country and provide an example to policymakers at all levels.
Other policy areas the Fellowship program will focus on include workforce development, criminal justice and education development. Results for America will work with the Nonprofit Fellows to develop and strengthen their organizations’ capacity to shape public policy at all levels of government. Together, RFA and the Fellows will develop and promote policy recommendations at all levels of government that can shift taxpayer dollars toward evidence-based, results-driven solutions. Results for America will provide opportunities to highlight examples of effective evidence-based solutions, and through six two-day convenings, RFA will also facilitate the sharing of best practices for building evidence and scaling evidence-based interventions.
The other 14 Nonprofit Fellows include:
- Plinio Ayala, President and Chief Executive Officer, Per Scholas
- Molly Baldwin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, ROCA
- Robert Balfanz, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Diplomas Now
- Pamela Cantor, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Turnaround for Children
- Sam Cobbs, Chief Executive Officer, First Place for Youth
- Dale Erquiaga, Chief Executive Officer, Communities in Schools
- Lauren Gilbert, President and Chief Strategy Officer, BELL
- Virgil Jones, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Bottom Line
- Pat Lawler, Chief Executive Officer, Youth Villages
- Mary Marx, President and Chief Executive Officer, PACE Center for Girls, Inc.
- Richard Noriega, President and Chief Executive Officer, AVANCE
- Sam Schaeffer, Chief Executive Officer, Center for Employment Opportunities
- Eshauna Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Urban Alliance
- Elisabeth Stock, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PowerMyLearning
Learn more about the Nonprofit Fellowship here.
About the U.S. Soccer Foundation
The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s programs are the national model for sports-based youth development in underserved communities. Since its founding in 1994, the Foundation has established programs proven to help children embrace an active and healthy lifestyle while nurturing their personal growth beyond sports. Its cost-effective, high-impact initiatives offer safe environments where kids and communities thrive. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Soccer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org or follow us on Twitter at @ussoccerfndn and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ussoccerfoundation.
About Results for America
Results for America is helping decision-makers at all levels of government harness the power of evidence and data to make progress on the world’s greatest challenges. Our mission is to make investing in what works the “new normal,” so that when policymakers make decisions, they start by seeking the best evidence and data available, then use what they find to get better results.
Results for America is accelerating the use of evidence and data to get better results by: creating standards of excellence that highlight the government infrastructure necessary to invest in what works; supporting policymakers committed to investing in what works through tools, resources and technical assistance; and mobilizing champions committed to investing in what works. For more information about Results for America, click here.
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