Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success
A former K-12 teacher and first-generation college student, Jamey has firsthand experience with many of the challenges his work at the foundation seeks to address.

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Izmira Santiago-Mikel

Raised to be a force for change, Izmira’s direct engagement with the community fuels a tireless passion for her work at the foundation.

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Francesca Mazzola
Francesca’s family’s journey from Italy to the U.S. gave her an acute awareness of the access to opportunities that education can provide.
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Natasha Fedo
Growing up in Ukraine under the crumbling Soviet Union’s governance, Natasha came to realize the necessity of a solid education.
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Scott Dalessandro
Scott’s work at the foundation centers on connecting colleges and universities to improve education through collaboration.
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Nate Simpson Nate Simpson
Nate’s experience with the community and support available at HBCUs led him to help others along the path toward obtaining a degree or credential.
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Suzanne Walsh
Suzanne’s own non-linear academic journey highlights the need to better support today’s students as they navigate higher education.
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Sarah Bauder
Sarah’s journey to the foundation is firmly rooted in her lifelong thirst for solving problems.
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Rahim Rajan Rahim Rajan
Rahim’s own experience as a first-generation college student from an immigrant family continues to motivate his everyday work.
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 Art Seavey
Art Seavey

Art leads the foundation’s investment in the University Innovation Alliance, a network of 11 of the country’s largest institutions.
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