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Cortez Wang

Chief Strategy Officer/Vice President, External Partnerships

Jaqueline Cortez Wang is chief strategy officer and vice president for external partnerships at Achieving the Dream. In her role, she leads new strategy implementation, works to develop strategic partnerships, and supervises marketing and strategic communications.  

She joins ATD from her position as senior director of strategic partnerships at the International Society for Technology in Education, where she managed partnership development, K–12 initiatives, and private-public coalition and network building in support of teaching, learning, and innovation. She also served as vice president of accounts for GMMB, a prominent communications agency, where she oversaw communication initiatives for nonprofit organizations. 

Jaqueline served more than five years at the U.S. Department of Education, including as deputy director for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. She also served as the Hispanic communications and outreach director where she was instrumental in public affairs, public engagement, and education communication efforts for Hispanic stakeholders. Jaqueline began her career at NASA Johnson Space Center, where she managed the development of K–12 education programs focused on motivating young students to pursue careers in STEM fields. 

A native of Pasadena, Texas, Jaqueline is a daughter of Mexican immigrants and a community college graduate. 


M.A. (Cross-Cultural Studies) | University of Houston-Clear Lake 

B.A. (Management and Marketing) | University of Houston-Clear Lake 

A.A. | San Jacinto Community College 

Past Experience 

Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships | International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 

Vice President of Accounts | GMMB 

Deputy Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics; Hispanic Communications and Outreach Director | U.S. Department of Education 

Senior Supervisor, Education & Outreach | NASA Johnson Space Center 

How has education changed your life/your family? 

As a first-generation high school and college graduate, education has opened doors of opportunities I didn’t know existed. I am grateful not only for what I learned throughout my education, but for the advocates along the way that saw more in me than I ever saw in myself. Most importantly, education has allowed me to help others unlock their potential to also dream bigger.  

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