Felicia Wong is the president and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute. She is responsible for overseeing all of the organization’s major program areas, which support its three-pronged mission of reanimating progressive thought, developing the next generation of progressive leaders, and preserving the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Felicia has significant management experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. A leading expert on the ways in which nonprofit organizations can create lasting social change, she comes to the Institute from the Democracy Alliance, where she led the development of a strategic investment portfolio composed of select leading progressive organizations. She pioneered the Alliance’s efforts to assess and increase the policy and political impact of its investments.
Felicia also has significant private-sector experience, having run operations and product development at a venture-funded education services company. Her public sector service includes a White House Fellowship in the Office of the Attorney General and a political appointment in the Office of the Secretary of the Navy. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Her doctoral dissertation on the role of race and framing in K-12 public education politics received the 2000 American Political Science Association award in Race, Ethnicity, and Politics.