Chad Wick is driven by a desire to create equity of educational opportunity in order to effectively prepare students for college, work, and citizenship. As the founding President and CEO, he led the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, headquartered in Cincinnati, to achieve its mission by providing not only seed grants and operating funds but extensive technical assistance and training that promotes and supports sustainable, system-wide changes.
Under his leadership, the Foundation has worked actively to create partnerships with other funders and community organizations, often opening dialogue and enabling collaboration among entities that have not traditionally worked together.
In Ohio, Wick led the development of the Ohio College Access Network which assists the college aspirations of more than 165,000 students each year, the concept of turning urban neighborhood schools into Community Learning Centers, and the redesign of many low performing urban high schools. Nationally, Wick led the creation of the National College Access Network and the New Tech Network, a group of nearly 130 high schools in23 states.
As a dedicated community leader, Wick has worked to achieve equity and respect for diversity inside and outside the education arena. He also serves on the boards of numerous organizations that work in education, the arts, and public health.
Wick has received honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters from both University of Cincinnati and Youngstown State University. Prior to leading the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, he was President and CEO of RISE Learning Solutions. He has also served as President of Mayerson Company, CEO of Southern Ohio Bank, and Executive Vice President of the PNC Bank.