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Caroline King

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Chief Executive Officer

Caroline King is the Chief Executive Officer of Washington STEM. She leads Washington STEM’s program, policy, and partnerships efforts to advance equity, excellence, and innovation in STEM innovation.

Caroline has devoted her career to advancing strategies that allow young people to access economic opportunity, particularly through education. Caroline began her career as a teacher at a school focused on technology and social justice in Ecuador, where her students were the first in their families to attend high school. Caroline has watched her former students graduate from high school, pursue dreams in college and the workforce, and transform their lives and communities. 

Since her time as a teacher, Caroline has gained almost 20 years of experience in the movement to close opportunity gaps through education. Caroline was a co-founder of Washington STEM in 2011, and for seven years she served as the Chief Policy and Strategy Officer, where she the led organization’s efforts to build public demand and strategic partnerships, advocate for smarter policies, and measure impact.

Prior to leading Washington STEM’s launch, Caroline served as Executive Director of Partnership for Learning, the nonprofit education arm of the CEO-led Washington Roundtable. Caroline was a founding member of the Public Education Leadership Project (PELP), the first-ever joint initiative of Harvard Business School and Harvard Graduate School of Education, designed to strengthen the leadership and management of large urban school systems. She has also consulted for foundations, schools, and nonprofits, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the New School Foundation, and Grantmakers for Education.

Caroline serves as a gubernatorial appointee to Washington State’s STEM Education Innovation Alliance and a Washington MESA board member. In 2012, the Puget Sound Business Journal recognized Caroline as a 40 Under 40 Honoree.

Caroline holds a Master of Education in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Notre Dame.

Outside of work, Caroline enjoys spending time with her husband Eric and two sons, Charlie and Russell. She loves hiking, cooking, going to concerts, and kale.

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