Carina Wong

Senior Advisor, Innovation and Scale at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Carina Wong is a Senior Advisor for Innovation at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Carina has managed a variety of education portfolios including 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 new initiatives and building cross-cutting teams focused on innovation and scale. She is intentional about gathering insights from those most proximate to the problem and using those insights to inform the strategies she leads and improve the impact and sustainability of the investments she makes.

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 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 former Trustee of the Oakland Museum of CA and was on the School Boards of the Lighthouse Community Schools and Yu Ming Charter School. She has a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, a Master’s in Education Policy and Administration from Stanford University and an MBA in Design from the California College of the Arts. She has taught abroad and is a former US Peace Corps Volunteer and the mother of three young children.