Carolyn Wang Kong

Chief Program Director

Carolyn Wang Kong (she/her) is Blue Shield of California 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. Her focus on grantees’ needs and lived experience allows the Foundation to serve and build the capacity of some of California’s most vulnerable families and communities.

Previously, Carolyn led the Foundation’s Collaborating for Healthy Communities initiative where she helped advance cross-sector collaboration as an approach to addressing the complex drivers of poor health and domestic violence in California. 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 degree in public health and public policy from University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science from University of California, Los Angeles. In 2021, Carolyn accepted the Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy from Grantmakers in Health. She is also an alumna of the Coro Fellows program in public affairs and in 2018, Carolyn was selected as a Terrance Keenan Emerging Leader in Health Philanthropy Fellow. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two sons.


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