Who We Are

Management Committee


Our management committee oversees all the foundation's efforts. The committee meets regularly to ensure that all of our teams perform efficiently and to facilitate cross-functional connections.

Bill Gates

Co-chair and Trustee

Bill Gates shapes and approves foundation strategies, advocates for the foundation’s issues, and sets the organization’s overall direction.

Melinda Gates

Co-chair and Trustee

Melinda Gates shapes and approves the foundation’s strategies, reviews results, and sets the overall direction of the organization.

Warren Buffett


Warren Buffett helps shape our vision and develop strategies to address some of the world’s most challenging inequities.

William Gates Sr.


William H. Gates Sr. guides the vision and strategic direction of the foundation and serves as an advocate for the foundation’s key issues.

Jeff Raikes

Chief Executive Officer

Jeff Raikes leads the foundation's mission to promote equity for all people around the world.

Christopher Elias

Global Development

As the head of Global Development, Dr. Chris Elias focuses on high-impact, sustainable solutions for people in developing countries.

Allan Golston

US Program

Allan C. Golston leads the foundation’s efforts to advance student achievement for all young people in the United States.

Geoffrey Lamb

Chief Economic and Policy Advisor,
Global Policy & Advocacy

Geoffrey Lamb supports replenishment negotiations, interactions with high-level policy bodies, and relationship-building with economic leaders in developing countries.

Trevor Mundel

Global Health

Dr. Trevor Mundel leads the foundation’s efforts in research and development of health solutions, including vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics.

Susan Byrnes

Chief Communications Officer (Interim),

Susan Byrnes oversees internal and external communications functions and builds awareness of foundation focus areas.

Mark Suzman

Global Policy & Advocacy

Mark Suzman leads a team that helps build strategic relationships with governments, NGOs and other key partners.

Martha Choe

Chief Administrative Officer,

Martha Choe oversees the foundation's Human Resources, Security, and Global Workplace Resources teams.

Connie Collingsworth

General Counsel and Secretary,

Connie Collingsworth, general counsel and secretary, is responsible for managing all of the foundation’s legal needs, providing guidance and developing creative solutions to support the achievement of the foundation’s programmatic objectives.

Kurt Fischer

Chief Human Resources Officer,
Special Projects and Operations

Kurt Fischer oversees the human resource team and aligns services and processes to support the foundations strategies and efforts.

Richard Henriques

Chief Financial Officer,

Richard Henriques oversees Finance and Accounting, Financial Planning and Analysis, Strategic Planning, and Impact Planning and Improvement, and Information Technology.

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