Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

Our vision is a U.S. higher education system that propels social mobility and economic development. We believe that you cannot achieve economic empowerment without academic achievement. That’s why the goal of the Postsecondary Success team is to ensure that students complete a postsecondary program that helps them support themselves, engage in their communities, and achieve their dreams.

Despite its deserved reputation as the great equalizer, the bridge to a better life that is higher education remains too narrow, too hard to navigate, and carries a toll too high for many Americans. The result? Too few are able to take advantage of the powerful opportunity on the other side. This is especially true for students from low-income backgrounds, those who are the first in their family to go to college, and students of color. Today, only one in 10 of young adults from the lowest income quartile will complete a certificate or degree by age 24.

Unless we dramatically improve student success in higher education, our nation will suffer from a shortage of skilled workers needed to ensure global competitiveness and national security. We are currently on track to produce at least 11 million fewer career-relevant certificates and degrees than our economy will require by 2025.

We work with partners to transform higher education models for colleges and universities so that more students – especially low-income and first-generation students – graduate at higher rates, with high-quality degrees or certificates at an affordable price.

Find out how we work with partners to solve some of the toughest problems in higher education by exploring the Grantees, How We Work, and Areas of Focus sections of our website and by viewing the Postsecondary Success Strategy Overview One-pager.

 

Our Team

Daniel 
Daniel Greenstein
Director

Dr. Daniel Greenstein oversees work to substantially increase the number of students that acquire a postsecondary degree or certificate.
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Anne 
Anne Green
Advisor to the Director

Anne Green leads special projects and grants that require cross-team coordination or investment for other funders.
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Gabriella 
Gabriella Gomez
Deputy Director

Gabriella Gomez leads the foundation’s efforts in Postsecondary policy and advocacy.
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Heather 
Heather Hiles
Deputy Director

Heather Hiles manages a team focused on higher education models and solutions.
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Patrick 
Patrick Methvin
Deputy Director

Patrick Methvin leads the team responsible for scaling the adoption of innovations.
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Suzanne 
Suzanne Walsh
Deputy Director

Suzanne Walsh leads the foundation's efforts in institutional redesign strategies.
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