Who We Are

At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we believe that every person deserves the chance to live a healthy, productive life. In the United States, this means expanding life-changing opportunities, including—and especially—a high-quality education.

Our Role and Approach

Education is a critical bridge to opportunity in this country. The chances of a child born into the bottom 20% income level climbing to the top 40% are three times greater when they attend college. That’s why our primary focus in education is ensuring that all students—especially Black and Latino students and students affected by poverty—have an opportunity to earn a degree or certificate that prepares them for a successful career and life. But often, education isn’t enough. 

enormous impact on a student’s success. That’s why we’re also supporting efforts by public officials and community groups to identify and address the root causes of poverty. By providing our partners with actionable information, tools to analyze obstacles and measure progress, and new ways to collaborate, we hope to better understand and advance interventions that will lead to permanent ladders out of poverty for families and communities.


Alongside our partners, we have learned that progress is possible but not inevitable. It requires steadfast commitment to collaboration and honest reflection.

Meet the U.S. Program Team

We are a diverse and dedicated team, representing the perspectives of former classroom and campus leaders, community leaders, and more, united by one common goal: to ensure that everyone in the United States can learn, grow, and get ahead, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or family income. Learn more about the members of our leadership who contribute to the mission of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s United States Program. 


We support grantees and the work they are doing to transform schools, systems, and society in order to create life-changing opportunities for learning, growth, and prosperity.

Meet Our Grantees and Partners
We work with local leaders and organizations, national partners, institutional leaders, and other key stakeholders who share our belief that our education and economic systems need to work better for all.
Join Our Team

We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership, in an environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal things.