Jamie Wong - Biography

Jamie Wong is the founder and CEO of Vayable.com, the global online marketplace for unique experiences funded by Y Combinator and top Silicon Valley investors. Jamie has devoted her career to bridging cultures through technology and storytelling. In 2015 she teamed up with Van Jones to create Project Empathy.

Before working in Silicon Valley, Jamie produced stories at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart including this and this.  Prior to The Daily Show, she helped with early customer development at Kickstarter and produced for travel videos startup Travelistic.  She researched and produced content for Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11),   PBS  (The Persuaders, Kinsey) and ABC News. She also worked in civil rights litigation and policy as paralegal at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) in New York where she devoted most of her time to criminal justice work.

Jamie holds a Master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia University where the dean awarded her the Chancellor Scholarship for academic achievement and leadership in broadcast journalism. Her Master's Project was an investigative piece on post-traumatic stress disorder in Iraq and Vietnam war combat veterans.  She received her Bachelor's degree with honors in History from Wesleyan University, where the President awarded her the Butterfield Prize for her quality of character, leadership, intellectual commitment and concern for the community. At Wesleyan she wrote her undergraduate thesis on the impact of exile in consciousness as exhibited through the work of twentieth-century Spanish writers and artists. Jamie served on the Faculty Hiring Committee, was Co- Editor-in-Chief of the Undergraduate History Journal and sang in Ebony Singers, the university's gospel choir.  She studied history, politics, art and psychology in Madrid and Barcelona and interned at Action Against Hunger in Paris as well as in the United States Congress in Washington DC. She volunteered in Honduras, Israel and the West Bank for with American Jewish World Service, taught English to Cantonese speakers in New York City Chinatown and has traveled to more than 40 countries.  Her first language is Cantonese, she speaks some Spanish, can read from the Torah (but can not tell you much of what it means), and gets by in French with the very patient.