Adam Gerstenmier, chief of staff, Global Policy & Advocacy, provides support and counsel to the president across the division’s efforts to build strategic relationships with governments, NGOs, and other key partners to increase awareness, action, and resources devoted to global development and health priorities.
Adam joined the foundation in 2008 as the chief of staff to Bill Gates Sr. Prior to joining the foundation, he served as an associate with Arabella Philanthropic Investment Advisors, where he provided research and analytical support to help inform strategies of several of its largest foundation clients, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and United Nations Foundation. He has also served as the legislative correspondent for U.S. Representative Sue Myrick. He began his career in international development volunteering as a program assistant for PRODAD, a grassroots agricultural NGO in Nicaragua.
Adam holds an MSc in development studies from the Development Studies Institute at the London School of Economics and is a graduate magna cum laude of Davidson College in North Carolina.