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Felicia Wong

Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Felicia Wong has been drawn to the arts all of her life, from painting, to writing, to craft. As a student at School of the Arts, she attended workshops at 826 Valencia from 2004 to 2007. During this time, she led the student editorial committee for Best American Non-Required Reading, an anthology edited by Dave Eggers and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Wong went on to earn her BA and BFA at Parsons School of Design and Eugene Lang College in New York City, New York. She worked in cultural preservation at Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Modern Art and in fashion advertising for corporate clients until she decamped back to California in 2015.

Wong has spent the last two years working in federally preserved wilderness with the Backcountry Trails Program, an Americorp-sponsored branch of the California Conservation Corp, both as a trail maintenance laborer and as a cook and supervisor. After living primarily in a tent with no modern conveniences for the last two years, Wong believes that fostering an equal and evolving community is one of the most important skills one can learn in life. She notes that the simplicity of living in a natural environment teaches one to be grateful in the face of every day hardships.

Wong is beyond stoked to come back as a staff member at The International Congress of Youth Voices, and says that learning about each delegate has been a source of daily inspiration and empowerment. She lives in Oakland, California, with her partner and cat (different entities), and her hobbies include chopping wood, disarming strangers with her weirdness, making bread, and cultivating knowledge.