Meet the STEM Team
Chad Womack, Ph.D.
Dr. Chad Womack’s work portfolio includes the UNCF Merck Fellowship Program, UNCF STEM Scholars Program and the HBCU Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Initiative. Prior to his entrepreneurial ventures, Womack completed several research fellowships at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in the National Institutes for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Vaccine Research Center (VRC), and at the Harvard AIDS Institute and the Harvard School of Public Health in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases. Womack earned his doctoral degree in biomedical sciences from the Morehouse School of Medicine, and is a proud graduate of Morehouse College, where he was a biology and chemistry major.
Favorite SciFi Movie: 2010 and Blade Runner
Favorite Foods: Cheesesteaks and Hoagies
Lu Duong is Senior Manager of Communications, for Fund II Foundation-UNCF STEM and the HBCU Innovation, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship unit. The STEM program is the Foundation's flagship $48 million investment with UNCF. He drives communication and strategic growth efforts in the HBCU Innovation initiative to strengthen and diversify Silicon Valley's tech-pipeline with partners including Google, Salesforce, Uber, eBay and others.
He heads the development and execution of communication strategies to enhance, extend and build the program’s brand equity and digital initiatives across all integrated communication channels, digital platforms and strategic growth initiatives.
Previously, he was manager of GMSP within the Leadership Development Group, a $2 billion initiative by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, overseeing communications and digital. He was the architect of the GMSP Alumni Advisory Council and Association,connecting nearly 20,000 Gates Foundation scholars worldwide.
Prior to GMSP, Lu managed marketing and communications for the Socrates Society at The Aspen Institute, an emerging leaders platform for executives in all industries including venture capital, technology, education, business and non-profit and as a Congressional Liaison, prior to that, in the Strategic Communications team of CRSC for a large program under Booz Allen Hamilton.
He was communications intern to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Gubernatorial Committee Appointments intern to Governor Mark Warner.
He serves on the board of directors for the Pawtricity Foundation in Washington, DC.
Carita is a self starter and macro thinker addicted to streamlining ideas, building new initiatives, and disrupting the norm. In her current role, she connects HBCU students to tech ecosystems across the country under the HBCU Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Initiative (HBCU I.C.E.). Additionally, she managed the UNCF Merck Science Initiative, which yields a network of 700 + Fellows who are all African American scientists. Recently, she joined the amazing UNCF STEM Scholars Team and is thrilled to create and support the next generation of STEM Innovators!
Favorite Quote: Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” — Oscar Wilde
Fun Fact: I paint in my spare time and I hold a Bachelors of Fine Arts.
Fav foods: Shrimp, Blue Crab + Mac n Cheese