Ed Foster-Simeon was a panelist for the Forum’s discussion on Sports and Health.
Named U.S. Soccer Foundation President & CEO in May 2008, Ed Foster-Simeon has more than two decades of experience at the local, state and national levels of soccer in the United States.
A champion of soccer as a vehicle for youth development and social change, Foster-Simeon has been an active member of the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2004 where he served on several key committees, including the Executive Committee. At the grassroots 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).
In 2010, the U.S. Soccer Foundation was named winner of the Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy which is presented by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans. In June 2009, Foster-Simeon accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors for the USA Bid Committee in its efforts to bring the FIFA World Cup to the United States in 2018 or 2022.
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. During his 15 years at USA TODAY, Foster-Simeon opened the newspaper’s Beijing bureau and organized and executed the newspaper’s coverage and logistics for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Foster-Simeon served as chairman of the Page One Task Force whose work led to significant improvements in USA TODAY’s content and newsroom organization. USA TODAY also tapped him to plan and lead the newspaper’s coverage of the 1998 World Cup in France.
A U.S. Navy veteran, Foster-Simeon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland University College. He is a native of Brooklyn, NY.
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