Senior Vice Presiden of Program Vivian will work closely with the President and Board to shape the Foundation’s strategic directions. She will also build relationships and partnerships with policymakers, funders, and intermediaries to advance the use of research evidence to improve the lives of children and youth.
“Vivian’s contributions to the Foundation have been invaluable, opening doors to new partnerships and opportunities,” said Adam Gamoran president of the Foundation. “Equally important is her strong commitment to connecting research with policy and practice. She is nationally and internationally renowned for her work on the use of research evidence.”
Tseng has been with the Foundation since 2004 and has led its grantmaking programs since 2011. In 2009, she designed and launched the Foundation’s initiative on the use of research evidence in policy and practice. This groundbreaking initiative further inspired funding at the Institute of Education Sciences and the National Institute of Justice. She also developed the Foundation’s support for research-practice partnerships, including a collaborative learning community of partnerships with districts across the country and broader philanthropic and policy support for partnerships.
Under her leadership, the William T. Grant Scholars Program has deepened its support for early-career researchers and established a grants program to support mentoring for junior researchers of color. She serves on the Boards of the Forum for Youth Investment, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, and Evidence and Policy.
She was previously on the faculty in Psychology and Asian American studies at California State University-Northridge. Her research has examined racial, cultural, and immigration influences on child development, improving youth’s social settings, and advancing evidence-informed policy and practice. She received her Ph.D. from NYU and her B.A. from UCLA.