Evergreen National Education Prize

Judge Committee Bios

The faces evaluating the applicants

Carina Wong


Senior Advisor for Innovation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Carina Wong has spent her career redesigning systems and working on projects that help young people reach their full potential. She has worked at the national, state and local levels as an educator, policy maker and design strategist. Carina currently serves as a Senior Advisor at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she is focused on scale an innovation projects in education. She is passionate about the role networks, narratives and social capital play in building more resilient communities and more sustainable change. She cares deeply about the arts; supporting working mothers; and cooking and sharing meals with her family. Carina has three young children in public school and is a Trustee of the Oakland Museum of CA. She is on the board of the Lighthouse Community Schools and is a fellow at the Institute for the Future. 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. Carina earned her BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown and has a MA in Policy and Administration from Stanford University and an MA in Secondary Education from George Washington University. She is a life-long learner and is currently finishing her MBA in Design Strategy at the CA College of the Arts.

Elise Grinstead