Vice President, Education
Woodland Park Zoo
Wei Ying Wong is the Vice President of Education at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, WA. Wei Ying is committed to supporting inclusive discourses and socially just environmental policies, and dismantling the systems of power and privilege in the conservation, science and environmental learning arenas. She brings a focus on engaging diverse stakeholders in conservation to achieve measurable outcomes.
Wei Ying is an applied researcher with two decades of experience in interdisciplinary and multicultural conservation and education projects both nationally and internationally. Prior to joining zoos, she led a communications initiative for The Ocean Project, a non-profit dedicated to helping zoo and aquarium partners align market research and effective communication strategies to achieve conservation outcomes. She also taught environmental communications at Connecticut College as a visiting assistant professor.
Wei Ying has received multiple research fellowships and practitioner awards including an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Communication, Margaret Sheridan Community Learning Award, Toyota-Audubon Conservation Leader Fellowship, and part of the Rhode Island Foundation Emerging Non-Profit Leader cohort. Wei Ying earned an MA and PhD in environmental studies from Brown University.
Monday, May 7
1:45 PM – 3:00 PM