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Vivian Wu
Vivian Wu

Vivian Wu

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

San Diego, CA USA

"Stepping out of my comfort zone was the best way for me to grow and the best way for me to reach my full potential."

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Vivian's work combines: Non-Profit Organizations, Business, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

Managing Partner, Ventures

I lead our initiative to find mission-focused entrepreneurs building transformative solutions to certain social issues.


Day In The Life Of An Impact Investment Leader

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    European History

    University of Pennsylvania

  • Bachelor's Degree


    The Wharton School

  • Graduate Degree

    Business Administration and Management

    Harvard Business School

Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    I was born in Toronto, Canada, and grew up in both Toronto and Hong Kong, China.

  • 2.

    I moved to the U.S. for college and attended the University of Pennsylvania, where I studied finance and European history.

  • 3.

    After graduating, I started my career in strategy consulting for Fortune 500 companies.

  • 4.

    After a few years of strategy consulting, I started to really miss doing finance, so I jumped at the opportunity to work in private equity in Hong Kong.

  • 5.

    I learned a lot and gained a lot of experience working in Asia before deciding to return to the U.S. to go to graduate school for my MBA.

  • 6.

    I wanted to work in a fast-growing industry where I’d continue to learn a lot, so I decided to move to the Bay Area in California and work in technology investing.

  • 7.

    Over time, I realized that I wanted to do something more impactful, so I joined the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, which combined my passion for education with my experience in technology investing.

  • 8.

    The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative started in education, but over the last few years, we’ve also started to explore what we can do from an impact investing perspective in climate and science.