Allan Golston

Allan Golston

President, U.S. Program

Allan C. Golston leads the foundation’s efforts to advance educational opportunity and student achievement in the United States to ensure that all students — and particularly low-income students and students of color — receive a high-quality education that leads to success in college and their careers. He oversees the U.S. Program’s major areas of investment — Education, Economic Mobility and Opportunity, Special Initiatives, and Family Homelessness and Community Grants in Washington State.

Originally joining the foundation in 2000 as the chief financial officer, Allan felt a deep connection to the U.S. Program education work — which spans early learning, K-12, and postsecondary — and began serving as president in 2006.

Allan believes education provides a bridge to opportunity unlike any other in America, and he is committed to ensuring all young people have the education and opportunity they deserve. This includes a deep focus on equity in education and using data to get to better outcomes for students of all backgrounds.

Allan’s professional background is in consulting, public accounting, consumer packaged goods, software development, finance, healthcare, and education. He holds an MBA from Seattle University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Colorado.

See articles by Allan Golston

Students take notes during Biology class at Howard University, February 3, 2014.

Students and families deserve more information about the value of college

We need to ensure that the return on investment is equitable for all students.
By Allan Golston President, U.S. Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
coronavirus testing

Why Black colleges and universities are America’s newest–and most critical–diagnostic testing hubs

Many HBCUs, especially those in rural areas, have insufficient access to testing. The U.S. Program is offering grants to improve critical diagnostic testing infrastructure for these institutions.
By Allan Golston President, U.S. Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Preparing American students for school next year

The strangest school year in memory is about to end. How do we get ready for the next one?

Allan Golston, president of U.S. Programs at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, shares how the foundation and its partners are supporting U.S. students during COVID-19.
By Allan Golston President, U.S. Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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