Rongrong’s parents were teachers, sparking her interest in education from an early age. Before she joined Whittle, she worked in the education field for more than five years. She developed an online education platform, which had a focus on bringing American education resources to the Chinese market. More recently, she worked as the operation director for a career-consulting firm. Rongrong holds an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a master’s degree in finance from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Before coming to the U.S., she attended Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, during which time she spent one year on an exchange program in Tokyo. Rongrong’s native language is Chinese, but she also speaks fluent English and conversational Japanese.