Who We Are

Executive Leadership Team


Our executive leadership team 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 H. Gates, Sr.


William H. Gates Sr. (d. 2020) guided the vision and strategic direction of the foundation and served as an advocate for the foundation’s key issues.

Mark Suzman

Chief Executive Officer

Mark Suzman leads the foundation's efforts to promote equity for all people around the world.

Carolyn Ainslie

Chief Financial Officer

Carolyn Ainslie oversees all finance and resource planning functions for the foundation.

Susan Byrnes

Chief Communications Officer

Susan Byrnes leads the foundation’s communications division, leveraging voice and brand on behalf of the foundation’s mission to promote equity for all people around the world.

Connie Collingsworth

Chief Operating Officer

Connie Collingsworth leads many of the foundation’s operational functions including Information Technology, Human Resources, Legal, Global Security, and Grants and Contracts Services. She is also the foundation’s chief legal officer.

Lisa Alvarez-Calderón

Chief Human Resources Officer

Lisa Alvarez-Calderón leads the human resources team and is responsible for developing and retaining an engaged, diverse, and inclusive workforce.

Christopher Elias

Global Development

Dr. Chris Elias focuses on high-impact, sustainable solutions for people in developing countries.

Gargee Ghosh

Global Policy & Advocacy

Gargee Ghosh leads the foundation’s worldwide government relations, economic policy, and philanthropic partnerships.

Allan Golston

U.S. Program

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

Trevor Mundel

Global Health

Trevor Mundel leads the foundation’s efforts to develop high-impact interventions against the leading causes of death and disability in developing countries.

Rodger Voorhies

Global Growth & Opportunity

Rodger Voorhies is president of the Global Growth & Opportunity division.

Ankur Vora

Chief Strategy Officer

As chief strategy officer, Ankur Vora serves as a principal advisor to the co-chairs, chief executive officer, and Executive Leadership Team on the foundation’s overall strategic opportunities, risks, and tradeoffs.

Anita Zaidi

President, Gender Equality and Director, Vaccine Development, Surveillance and EDD

Anita Zaidi oversees the foundation’s efforts to achieve gender equality and is director of the Vaccine Development, Surveillance, and Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases programs.

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