For over forty years, Elaine Wolfensohn has been involved in the field of education and arts education while raising her family. Her work in Australia and the United States has included teaching in private schools, creating teen tutoring programs in inner city schools and training adult volunteers to tutor high school students.
Mrs. Wolfensohn was educated at Wellesley College, where she received her B.A. She went on to receive her M.A. in French Literature from Columbia and her M.Ed in counseling psychology from Teachers College. Mrs. Wolfensohn's commitment to education also extends into her community advisory work. She served on several boards, including Young Audiences, where she chaired the program committee, and the Jewish Museum, where she chaired the education committee. She was president of the Board of the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic, where she still serves on the executive committee. In addition, she serves on the board of the Graduate School of Education of the Jewish Theological Seminary, as well as the advisory committees of the Park City Mathematics Oversight Board at the Institute of Advanced Study and Teachers College at Columbia University. During her husband's presidency of the World Bank, Mrs. Wolfensohn worked closely with the Bank on issues of education, early child development and gender equity.