Chrysa Chin


Chrysa Chin was named Executive Vice President, Strategy and Development for the National Basketball Players Association in December 2014.

Chin directs the strategic implementation of player initiatives and innovative programs designed to foster relationships between players and businesses.

An accomplished advisor, mentor and trailblazer, Chin has crafted a distinguished career supporting the personal and professional development of basketball players for over 20 years. Guided by the principles of “Empower, Enlighten and Uplift,” she has played an active role in assisting players reach their maximum potential on and off the court.

Prior to rejoining the NBPA, Chin served as Vice President for Player Development for the National Basketball Association, where she was the first woman to hold a managerial position in the Player Development Department and the title of Vice President. She oversaw the department’s daily communication with players and their family support networks, and played active roles with the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program, NBA/NBPA Player Assistance Program, USA Basketball and the WNBA.

Chin spearheaded the expansion of the league’s 20 & Under Program which provides fundamental skills for a successful adjustment to the NBA, and arms players with the essential tools needed to become prolific professional athletes. This initiative helps establish a solid foundation for rookies embarking on a rewarding, yet challenging career path in professional basketball. Her impressive resume boasts All-Stars such as Chris Paul, Steve Nash, and Alonzo Mourning -- players who have fostered record-breaking careers and community-building foundations.

Chin co-founded Behind the Bench, the National Basketball Wives Association. This platform moves wives from behind the bench and puts them at the forefront of community involvement and philanthropy while raising funds for charitable initiatives. The organization builds a fortifying sisterhood and creates a support system for NBA families, helping them navigate issues associated with a professional sports career.

In 2004, Chin was commissioned by USA Basketball to work with the Men’s Senior National Team. Her guidance and player relation strategies assisted the players as they made the transition to international play. After capturing bronze at the 2004 Olympics, the team won gold at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, and the 2010 and 2014 World Championships.

Prior to the joining the NBA, Chin served as a consultant for Nike, Inc. in New York producing events featuring Nike athletes and scheduling Nike representatives for relationship building initiatives between the consumer and the brand. Prior to Nike, Chin honed her craft at the National Basketball Players Association as Manager and Special Assistant to the Executive Director by working closely with players and their families on a myriad of services ranging from personal development to Player/Agent grievances.

Raised in a family of community builders, including doctors, counselors, and lawyers, this New York City native was introduced early to the merit of servicing others through mentorship and support. She began her career as a case manager for the city of New York, taking on the difficult task of re-calibrating the futures of youth whom society had dismissed and deemed juvenile delinquents. While instilling values of excellence and education, she unearthed her passion for seeing people reach their full potential and ignited her life mission of mentoring.

Embodying the spirit of service, the humanitarian prides herself in transitioning NBA rookies into the league, aiding in the maintenance of their career, and transitioning equipped veterans into their post-basketball careers. As a powerful player in a male-dominated industry, she challenges women in her field to follow a path of integrity and strive for excellence through work ethic and skill perfection.

Chin serves on the steering committee of the Athlete Development Summit, where development specialists share successful techniques and methodologies to enhance their skills, and several advisory boards.

Chin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from William Smith College.  She resides in New York City.