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Ed Foster-Simeon Named to Fast Company’s Impact Council

Washington, D.C. (June 6, 2024) — Ed Foster-Simeon has joined Fast Company’s exclusive Impact Council.

The Fast Company Impact Council is a collective of the most innovative leaders in business. Members meet several times a year for invitation-only live events, roundtable discussions, and virtual sessions on some of the most promising opportunities and most pressing challenges of our time. These gatherings focus on the role companies and council members can play in shaping the future. Fast Company amplifies members’ impact by publishing their thought-leadership and tapping their expertise to inform the publication’s coverage of innovation across the business world.

“The Impact Council represents the ideal version of Fast Company’s readers,” says editor-in-chief Brendan Vaughan. “These are some of the more creative, mission-driven people in business, with some of the most original ideas about how to solve big problems and build the future. It is our great pleasure and privilege to bring this community together.”

“I’m thrilled to join Fast Company’s Impact Council and contribute to solving some of society’s biggest challenges through our game,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “Soccer is having a moment in this country in the lead up to the 2026 FIFA World Cup. Collectively, we must use this momentum around our sport to help drive positive social outcomes in our country’s most under-resourced communities. I’m looking forward to working with Host Committees and corporations over the next couple of years to ensure this happens.”

A champion of soccer as a vehicle for youth development and social change, Ed Foster-Simeon was named President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation in May 2008. He has more than three decades of experience at the local, state, and national level of the game and has been an active member of the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2004.

Under his leadership, the U.S. Soccer Foundation has become a nationally recognized leader in sports-based youth development. The organization places a special emphasis on programs that improve health and social outcomes among children in underserved communities.

Prior to joining the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Foster-Simeon served as Deputy Managing Editor at USA TODAY where he was responsible for Washington, Political and Foreign news operations. At the grassroots volunteer level, he is a former Vice President of the Virginia Youth Soccer Association and past president of Prince William Soccer, Inc. — a 3,000-player recreational and travel club in Northern Virginia. In 2011, Foster-Simeon was awarded a Community Leadership Award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) and in 2017 he was inducted into the Virginia-DC Soccer Hall of Fame.

Fast Company hosted its annual meeting of the Impact Council on June 3 in New York City. The event featured a morning and afternoon of inspiring content, followed by a cocktail reception. The annual meeting convened members of the Impact Council to share knowledge and discuss this year’s theme, “The intersection of AI and Social Impact.” At this year’s Impact Council Annual Meeting, Fast Company brought together a collection of experts from within the Impact Council and beyond to discuss this topic from a wide variety of angles—with a consistent focus on practical solutions.



As the national leader for sports-based youth development in under-resourced areas, the U.S. Soccer Foundation is on a mission to let soccer do what it does: change absolutely everything. Founded as a legacy of the 1994 FIFA World Cup, the Foundation provides underserved communities access to innovative play spaces and evidence-based soccer programs that instill hope, foster well-being, and help youth achieve their fullest potential. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Soccer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information visit or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


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