Ugyen Choden served as the first Program Director of the Bhutan Foundation, responsible for its introduction and establishment in Bhutan. For over eight years, she fundraised for and oversaw the Foundation programs that include innovative conservation of wildlife and the environment; equitable and sustainable development focusing on – special education, emergency medical services and rural livelihoods; promotion of good governance by capacity building to enhance democracy; and preservation of culture through restoration of historic sites.

Prior to the Foundation, she worked as a national consultant for over ten years for national and international organizations with a focus on social issues such as primary education, HIV/AIDS, and gender studies. She attended the University of Delhi in India, Sherubtse College in Bhutan, the National Institute of Fashion Technology in New Delhi and briefly the University of Arkansas in the United States.