Carolyn Wang Kong

Chief Program Director

Carolyn Wang Kong is the Foundation’s chief program director. In this role, she oversees the overall strategy, design, and management of the Foundation’s programs as well as strategic planning.

Previously, Carolyn led the Foundation’s Collaborating for Healthy Communities initiative where she supported the Foundation’s grantmaking and programmatic efforts to advance cross-sector collaboration as an approach to addressing the complex drivers of poor health and domestic violence in California communities.  Carolyn has also led the Foundation’s Act Now grantmaking, designed to protect policies and programs that support vulnerable populations in California.  In this capacity, she co-founded the Be Well Funder Group, a national collaborative of funders supporting immigrant mental health and well-being.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Carolyn was the project director for Medi-Cal strategy and operations at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California. She has also served as practice leader of language access for Kaiser Permanente and was responsible for developing a strategy to meet the needs of 350,000 limited-English-speaking members in Northern California.  She has also served as a board member of the California Healthcare Interpreting Association.

Carolyn holds a master’s in public health and public policy from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science from UCLA.  She is also an alumna of the Coro Fellows program in Public Affairs and in 2018, Carolyn was selected as a Terrence Keenan Emerging Leader in Health Philanthropy Fellow by Grantmakers in Health. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two young, active boys. 

carolyn.wangkong@blueshieldcafoundation.org

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