Carolyn Wang Kong

Interim Chief Program Director

Carolyn Wang Kong is a senior program officer, leading the Foundation’s Collaborating for Healthy Communities initiative.  In this role, she supports 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.  

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. Her accomplishments include the deployment of video interpreting services in 21 hospitals and emergency departments, implementation of a document-translation service, and development of web-based training programs for clinical and non-clinical staff.  Earlier in her career, Carolyn served as a cultural and linguistic services consultant at the Alameda Alliance for Health and led research on cultural and linguistic services at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  She has also served as a board member and co-chair of the Finance Committee for 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. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two young, active boys.

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