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TheDream.US Welcomes Sylvia Wong as Chief Development Officer

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For Immediate Release: April 23, 2024

Contact: Michael Earls at [email protected] 

TheDream.US Welcomes Sylvia Wong as Chief Development Officer

Washington, DC – Today, TheDream.US, the nation’s largest college access and success program for immigrant youth, announced that Sylvia Wong will be the organization’s first Chief Development Officer. Sylvia is an educator at heart and a seasoned non-profit leader, passionate about bringing people and ideas together in partnership for social change. She brings to the team valuable experience in increasing support and advancing equity for marginalized and underserved communities, both globally and within the United States.

Sylvia Wong, incoming Chief Development Officer at TheDream.US, said: “As a daughter of immigrant parents in Canada and having moved to the US for school and work as a young adult, I can relate in a small way to the challenges, hopes, and aspirations of Dreamers. I wholeheartedly believe that first-generation immigrant youth should have equitable access to a college education and a meaningful career. I am honored to be joining the team at TheDream.US and inspired to bring others along to support the college and career aspirations of Dreamers.”

Gaby Pacheco, President and CEO of TheDream.US, said: “Sylvia’s drive to make education accessible to all and proven leadership in nonprofit development make her the ideal person to lead TheDream.US development efforts into our second decade. With Sylvia at the helm, we can ensure our current donors and supporters know how impactful their gift has been while broadening and diversifying the opportunity for new donors and foundations to support our cause.” 

See Sylvia’s bio online here and pasted below:

Sylvia is an educator at heart and a seasoned non-profit leader, passionate about bringing people and ideas together in partnership for social change. Her career has focused on increasing support and advancing equity for marginalized and underserved communities, both globally and within the United States.

Most recently, Sylvia served as the Senior Director of Development at America’s Promise Alliance where she led efforts to raise annual revenue goals for a new strategic chapter and helped to launch a reimagined Alliance community to support top youth-supporting organizations across the country. This included supporting recruitment efforts to bring in founding member organizations during launch year, forming and executing a new place-based strategy, and leading an organizational rebrand and redesigned website.

Prior to APA, Sylvia was the Managing Director of Mentor Community at iMentor, where she led the national strategy to deepen engagement of more than 10,000 matched mentors with first-generation college students through annual mentor recruitment, mentor giving and fundraising, and mentor training. Sylvia was also the Director of Development at The Adventure Project where she raised revenue to support social entrepreneurial programs in Africa. She also held various development and program roles at Concern Worldwide US, where she ran a global education program and helped to build and implement the individual giving strategy, a major gifts program, and corporate and community fundraising efforts.

Sylvia started her career as an elementary and middle school teacher in Canada and New York City. She holds a Masters of Arts degree from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University in Canada. Sylvia was born in Hong Kong, raised in Canada, and lived in New York for 17 years before making a recent move to Seattle, Washington where she currently resides with her husband and two children.

About TheDream.US

TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college and career success program for undocumented immigrant students, having provided more than 10,000 college scholarships to Dreamers attending over 80 partner colleges in 21 states and Washington, DC. We believe everyone, regardless of where they were born, should have equitable access to a college education, a meaningful career, and opportunities to contribute to the communities they call home. For more information on TheDream.US, visit www.thedream.us 

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