Joanne Tong is a program associate for the Children, Families, and Communities program. In her role, she coordinates program operations and strategy implementation across all three subprograms: Children’s Health, Early Learning, and Paid Family Leave. One of Joanne’s core responsibilities is project managing the grantmaking of the Insuring America’s Children – Reaching the Finish Line initiative, where she works with grantee partners across the nation to provide health insurance coverage and access to quality health care services for children and their families.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Joanne worked for The California Wellness Foundation where she supported grantmaking to organizations that address the health needs of Californians. There, she supported health clinics that offer free clinical health services, and community-based organizations that help Californians understand and navigate the complicated health care system. Joanne also worked for a state-funded precollege program, the San Francisco College Access Center. In collaboration with communities and public schools, she provided college information and advised youth and their families about postsecondary options. Joanne holds a BA in Anthropology and a MA in Equity and Social Justice in Education.
Outside of work, Joanne is an escape room enthusiast and an avid hiker.