North America

Our work in the United States and Canada—research, innovation, policy and advocacy, and program investments in education, economic mobility, and global health and development—supports the foundation’s work across the globe. We invest in deep relationships with community leaders and innovators who are doing positive work that supports communities domestically and globally, as well as media partnerships to build awareness of critical issues. We believe that together these efforts have the potential to create life-changing opportunities for learning, growth and prosperity.

At a glance

  • The foundation is based in the United States and headquartered in Seattle, Washington.
  • Our work in North America supports the foundation’s efforts across the world, with particular focus on global health and development through investments in research and innovative tools.
  • The work of our U.S. Program focuses on K-12 and postsecondary education, education pathways, and economic mobility and opportunity.
  • In the United States and Canada, we build relationships with community leaders, policymakers, and innovators who are working to transform schools and create opportunity around the world.
  • The foundation works in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, with focus in Washington, DC, Florida, Texas, New York, California, and Tennessee.

The latest updates on our work in North America


In North America, we support investments in research, development and the production of innovative tools to solve some of the world’s toughest problems.

We do this by ensuring appropriate funding is brought to scale in the U.S. and Canada to support global health and development needs. These investments advance our strategies and projects to address HIV, polio, malaria, nutrition, and pneumonia, among other global challenges.

In addition to efforts that support our global work, we work with local leaders in the U.S. with local knowledge and experience, who share our belief that our educational and economic systems in the country need to work better for everyone. The foundation is involved in programmatic activities in the U.S. that include, education, economic mobility and opportunity, and wraparound services in our home state of Washington.

More about our work in North America

Regional office

Our North America team is based in our regional office in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Program

We work to ensure everyone in the U.S. can learn, grow, and get ahead, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or family income.

Media Center

Learn more about our work in North America through stories, perspectives, and insights from the field.