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Our United States Program leadership team oversees the foundation's work on education, libraries and access to the Internet, and emergency relief in the U.S. as well as community grants and local efforts in the Pacific Northwest.

Allan Golston

President,
U.S. Program

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

David Bley

Director,
Washington State

David Bley leads efforts to expand quality pre-K as well as the education, homelessness, and community work in our home state of Washington.

Greg Ferrante

Program Chief Financial Officer

Greg is the division chief financial officer for both Global Policy & Advocacy and the United States Program.

Bob Hughes

Director,
K-12 Education

Bob Hughes oversees the work to ensure that we prepare all students for success in college and career.

Patrick Methvin

Director,
Postsecondary Success

Patrick Methvin oversees work designed to significantly increase the number of Americans achieving a post-high school credential and eliminate educational attainment disparities by race and income.

Jill Nishi

Director,
Strategy, Planning and Management and Chief of Staff

Jill Nishi is the director of Strategy, Planning, and Management, and chief of staff for our United States Program.

Ryan Rippel

Director,
Economic Mobility and Opportunity

Ryan D. Rippel oversees the foundation’s national work to strengthen pathways out of poverty and ensure all have access to the American Dream.

Jean-Claude Brizard

Senior Advisor and Deputy Director

Jean-Claude Brizard leads both the program’s P-16 Community Investment Team and several strategies to support partners to close the racial and economic opportunity gaps in Washington’s educational system.

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