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 Background:

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.

Community Service:

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.

These skills and experiences are what I bring to your project.