Jason Gong is a lifelong diversity, equity and inclusion champion. As practitioner with 20 years of results-driven DEI&B expertise, he has led and scaled DEI initiatives and teams at some of the most influential companies in the world including American Express, Facebook, Pinterest, and more. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Jason is a product of the NYC public school system and graduate of Dickinson College as a recipient of the prestigious Posse Foundation Foundation Scholarship.
At 826, he’s most excited to engage and support Associate Resource Groups (ARGs) in building a sustainable and community-driven agenda! His approach combines deep practical and strategic expertise to take a data-driven, curious and outcome-oriented approach to addressing systemic and institutional barriers to DEI.
Learn more about Jason below!
1. What brings you to 826 National?
I’m here to support 826 National in building a sustainable and impact-driven DEI framework that will support and empower the ARGs and optimize systems and processes that inform how the organization serves students and young people across the 826 network.
2. What is it about the 826 mission that resonates with you?
I believe 826’s mission and work enables young people to channel and express their creativity and imagine a world beyond the barriers they may encounter in their daily lives. Unlocking this world of possibility is the first step in empowering young people to reach their full potential as individuals, leaders, and stewards of our future.
3. What are you looking forward to building with the 826 National Team and 826 Network in the months ahead?
I look forward to partnering stakeholders across 826 National to:
1. Engage and support the ARGs in building a sustainable and community-driven agenda
2. Leverage data to help 826 National understand how to better reach and serve students across the network
3. Ensure internal systems and processes are designed for the most equitable and objective outcomes possible
4. What was your favorite childhood book/author?
I was a huge fan of statistics and historical facts, so I spent more time reading almanacs and the encyclopedia than anything else!
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