Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

Suzanne Walsh

Leadership Portrait

Suzanne Walsh, deputy director, Postsecondary Success in the United States Program, leads the foundation’s efforts in institutional redesign strategies.

Before joining the foundation, Suzanne worked at two other foundations: The Lumina Foundation for Education in Indianapolis where she managed the Making Opportunity Affordable initiative, which was aimed at increasing college productivity by bringing about fundamental change in the way higher education does business; and, The Heinz Endowments in Pittsburgh where her diverse portfolio included community colleges, universities, workforce development, tech commercialization and transfer, city/county consolidation, immigration and regional economic development. She got her start in community college work as the Coordinator of Special Projects at Cuyahoga Community College.

Suzanne has her juris doctorate and masters in social work from Case Western Reserve University, a bachelor’s of science from Cornell University, and an associate’s degree in applied science from Hudson Valley Community College. She is a member of the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations board and on the advisory boards for Roadtrip Nation, as well as education start-ups Uncollege and Sokanu. She is also a proud judge for Dance Your PhD.