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Wong Named Executive Director of CUE

Linda J. Wong ’71, JD ’76, a leader in the nonprofit sector in Los Angeles, has been named the first executive director of the USC Rossier School of Education’s Center for Urban Education.

Wong will oversee the center’s policies and practices while working to strengthen its organizational and staffing capacity. She will work with co-directors Estela Mara Bensimon and Alicia C. Dowd.

Most recently, Wong was vice president of civic engagement at the California Community Foundation. In 2006, she was appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Review Commission and in April 2007 to the city’s Workforce Investment Board.

In 1993, she joined Rebuild L.A., an economic development nonprofit formed in the aftermath of the 1992 civil unrest, initially as co-chair and later as general counsel and chief financial officer.

Wong’s experience in the nonprofit and community organization sectors as well her legal advocacy work during her years as Los Angeles regional counsel and national director for the Immigrant Civil Rights Program at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund will be an asset as the Center for Urban Education enters its second decade.

Her areas of expertise include public policy work on educational equity. She also has addressed policy implications of the increasing ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity of California’s population and implemented strategies in economic and workforce development.

“I am thrilled to be joining an organization that is at the forefront of research and issues that are relevant within today’s complicated world,” Wong said. “It’s wonderful to be part of a place that values innovative approaches and is making such an impact in higher education.”

Wong’s board involvement includes the Los Angeles City Neighborhood Council Review Commission, member (2006-2007); Union Bank of California, community advisory board member (2002-2004); Merrill Lynch California Partnership for Economic Achievement, member (2000-2002); and the Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan Project, Board of Governors executive committee member (1995-2001). She was also a trustee of the Educational Testing Service for six years.

She has been honored with awards of recognition by the Los Angeles City Council, the YWCA and the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute for Public Affairs.

Wong Named Executive Director of CUE

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