FIRST Board of Directors Welcomes Chris Moore as CEO

Posted in the FIRST Press Room, 11/15/2021:

Chris Moore Introduction Video:

FIRST Board of Directors Welcomes Chris Moore as CEO

MANCHESTER, N.H., November 15, 2021FIRST®, an international not-for-profit organization with the mission to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, announced today the appointment of Chris Moore as chief executive officer. Moore brings visionary leadership, extensive advocacy and field-engagement experience, as well as a passion for building programs that serve youth, families and communities.

Moore will work with the FIRST Board of Directors to further the organization’s strategic objectives, collaborating closely with the global FIRST community to grow access to FIRST programs in the post-COVID-19 era; increase diversity, equity and inclusion in virtual and hands-on activities; and evolve FIRST for a new generation making crucial decisions about educational and extracurricular priorities.


FIRST is pleased to welcome Chris as our new CEO,” said Karen Horting, executive director and chief executive officer for the Society of Women Engineer (SWE), member of the FIRST Board of Directors and the FIRST CEO Search Committee. “Chris’ years of driving growth for philanthropic organizations, advocating for positive youth development opportunities and convening leaders across government, business, nonprofits and education will help FIRST prepare even more young people for the future. Chris is immensely talented and has a proven track record of growing organizations and nurturing youth wellbeing. I’m grateful to have him on our team as we chart our course for the future.”

Moore joins FIRST after more than 25 years in executive leadership roles. He is the former chief executive officer of the United States Youth Soccer Association, where he increased youth participation in recreational and competitive soccer programs nationwide. He also served as president and chief operating officer of GENYOUTH – a cross-sector collaboration with the National Football League (NFL) to inspire students to eat healthier and increase daily activity – while leading a partnership with Michelle Obama to promote youth health and wellness in support of her signature “Let’s Move” initiative. Most recently, he served as CEO of Positive Coaching Alliance, where he focused on youth development and making Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) skills and opportunities available to kids through sport.

FIRST has given millions of young people the tools they need to be good, successful global citizens, and I’m honored to join an organization with such an impressive legacy of changing lives,” said Moore. “FIRST is a sport for the mind, and today, it is more relevant than ever. We are poised to be the solution to challenges facing communities around the world.”

In addition to his leadership roles, Moore served as an Aspen Institute “Project Play” Champion and was recognized by the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition as a National Youth Sports Strategy (NYSS) Champion focused on developing a federal roadmap with actionable strategies to increase participation in youth sports. Moore received a bachelor’s in international relations from Lake Forest College and earned an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

“Chris is joining FIRST at a time of tremendous opportunity. Our programs are more relevant than ever, and our students are emerging from the last year arguably more resilient than their peers,” said Dean Kamen, FIRST founder. “We are also immensely thankful to Chris Rake, who has served as interim president throughout our search and was recently named executive vice president and chief operating officer, for his steadfast leadership of the FIRST community.”

Moore’s appointment was the result of an extensive global search led by the FIRST Board of Directors with retained management consulting firm Korn Ferry.

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Neat, this seems to be a nice addition.


The statements about him are pretty glowing in this article.

Welcome aboard, Chris Moore!


USYS is doing it right with their mission and core values. I’m glad to see FIRST bringing aboard someone who has the requisite experience to align with its stated philosophy and mission, not just its fundraising objectives. I’m optimistic.

Here’s to the hope of increased innovation, integrity, and respect in the program!



Soccer fields may be an incubator for success in life. Survive, and you’re likely agile, decisive, quick thinking and absolutely courageous. We strive for those characteristics in our staff.


Consistency is the difference between failure and success. The best teams are consistent across all skill disciplines. Even the best business plans will fail without a dedication to consistency.


We are committed to players of all levels: competitive, recreational, special needs, and from all backgrounds. We are the only youth soccer organization that is inclusive in this way.


USYS innovation refers to our intentional fostering of out-of-the-box thinking and problem solving within the youth sport landscape.


USYS demands that all staff cultivate positive and productive relationships with colleagues or constituents; building strategic relationships that extend the horizon of our business.


The process of working collaboratively with a group of people in order to achieve a common purpose or goal. Having teamwork skills is dependent on your ability to communicate well, actively listen and be responsible and honest.


As forward thinking as we aspire to be at USYS, we must have the utmost respect for the past and the people, policies and traditions that put this organization where it is today.


Respect is a cornerstone trait within our sport and organization. It defines how you regard your teammates and opponents, recognize their qualities and traits, while treating them with appreciation and dignity.


A strong attribute of great players is the passion they have for the game. Our staff and volunteers bring that compelling dedication, emotion and commitment to USYS every day.


USYS aspires for honesty, transparency and alignment along strong moral principles. We do the right thing in a reliable way with responsibility and respect.


Being dependable means showing up on time every day while producing consistent work and applying USYS policies and business strategies evenly to each task and assignment.

*indicates our Most Valuable Values


Welcome Chris!


I’m thrilled and excited by Chris’ addition to the FIRST leadership team. His diversity of experience will be asset to FIRST and the community. Just reading through his resume, I’m blown away by how much he has accomplished! Looking forward to seeing where he takes FIRST!


This looks like a great addition to FIRST and someone with the experience many have been asking for. I’m excited to see how Chris handles this difficult situation he is diving into to help FIRST continue to grow in the future. It would be nice to have someone with prior FIRST experience at the helm, but Chris’ leadership experience in similar types of organizations seems to fit the bill quite nicely.


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