I’m Carole Trone. I was born in San Diego to a big family and raised in the Washington, DC area. Education and educational opportunities have made a big impression on me, (although my teachers and I would both agree that this is not the same thing as being the super-student in the class.)
I earned my master’s and doctoral degrees in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, focusing on the history of education. My dissertation examined national communications campaigns to advance public education from 1890-1945: a perfect blend of communications and educational causes in a fascinating historical context. I continue to read and write about the intersection of philanthropy and education.
Professional experiences have added to—and honed—my interest in education. I’ve taught for many years in formal and informal settings at the high school and college levels. I served as Executive Director for a statewide education nonprofit, where we partnered with K-12 schools, students, and parents on accelerated and advanced curriculum programs.
I provided early research and policy support for the launch of WISCAPE, a campuswide research and policy center for postsecondary issues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I wrote policy papers and analyses during my time on staff in the Office of the Chancellor at UW-Madison.
As the director of strategic diversity planning, research and communication for the Center for Academic Excellence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I developed communications strategies for reaching different audiences about the challenges of student access and success for first-generation, students of color, and low- income college students.
I’ve benefited greatly from service to my community and the dedicated people I encounter. For the last several years, I’ve coordinated the volunteer participation monthly at Luke House Community Meal Program in downtown Madison.
I also serve on the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission (Dane Arts), first as an advisory panel member from 2009-2013 and since 2013 as a Commissioner. We review approximately 60-100 grant proposals twice a year for partial funding of a wide variety of arts projects that benefit the people of Dane County, Wisconsin.