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Caroline King

Washington STEM
Chief Policy Officer

Caroline King serves as Washington STEM’s Chief Policy Officer, leading the organization’s advocacy efforts to build a robust and diverse movement in support of improving STEM education.

King brings more than 10 years of experience working nationally and in Washington state to improve public schools, accelerate student performance, and close educational achievement gaps. Most recently, she served as executive director of Partnership for Learning, the nonprofit education arm of the CEO-led Washington Roundtable. In that role, King led the design and incubation of Washington STEM and co-led a new statewide advocacy coalition that aligned the business and broader community interests around a common education reform agenda.

King 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. At Harvard, she also created leadership courses and developed strategic plans for superintendents and senior executives from districts committed to increasing student achievement through reform and innovation, including Chicago Public Schools, Boston Public Schools, and San Diego City Schools. King has consulted for foundations, schools, and nonprofits, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the New School Foundation, and Grantmakers for Education. She has authored more than 25 articles, case studies, and book chapters on management and philanthropy in public education.

King's passion for education stems from her experience as a teacher in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Her students were the first in their families to attend high school. During her return trips to Ecuador, King has watched her former students graduate from high school, pursue dreams in college and the workforce, and transform their lives and communities.