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Carina Wong



Carina Wong is a senior advisor at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on the K-12 Education team. She has managed a variety of portfolios including early efforts to develop and scale a set of teacher-developed literacy and math tools; investments focused on redesigning professional development systems in districts; and efforts to scale effective practices through teacher leaders and their networks. Her current portfolio is focused on launching a series of “big bets” in education and innovative dissemination and scaling strategies across the K-12 team.

She has worked in education policy and workforce development for over two decades at the national, state, and local levels. Carina is passionate about the arts and feeding children and their families healthy, local, and organic foods. She led the Chez Panisse Foundation started by chef and author Alice Waters, where she launched the School Lunch Initiative and managed the Edible Schoolyard Project. She is a trustee of the Oakland Museum of California, and on the board of the Lighthouse Community Schools.

Carina has a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Master’s in Education Policy and Administration from Stanford University. She has taught abroad, is a former US Peace Corps Volunteer, and the mother of three young children.

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