Carina Wong

Senior Advisor for Innovation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Carina Wong

Senior Advisor for Innovation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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Biography

Carina Wong has spent her career redesigning education and training systems to enable young people from vulnerable communities to reach their full potential.  She has worked at the national, state and local levels as an educator, policymaker and strategy designer.  For the past ten years, Carina has served as a Deputy Director and now Senior Advisor for Innovation on the education team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  She is passionate about the role peer networks, social narratives and user insights play in scaling good ideas. She cares deeply about the arts; supporting working mothers; and sharing meals with her family.  Carina has three young children in the public schools and is a Trustee of the Oakland Museum of CA. She is the former Executive Director of the Chez Panisse Foundation (now the Edible Schoolyard Project) and served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa for two years. Carina earned her BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown; has a MA in Policy and Administration from Stanford University; and earned a teaching credential and MA in Secondary Education from George Washington University.  She is a life-long learner and recently finished her MBA in Design Strategy at the CA College of the Arts. She hopes to run her own company someday.

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