Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we believe that every person deserves the chance to live a healthy, productive life. In the U.S., this means expanding life-changing opportunities, including – and especially – education.

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Getting an education after high school is critical in today’s economy. Virtually all of the jobs created in recent years require at least some postsecondary education. At the same time, the likelihood of accessing and completing that education depends on a person’s race or income. It shouldn’t, and we are working to change that.

We and our partners work with colleges and universities to transform themselves so that more students – especially low-income and first-generation students, students of color, and working adults – can achieve their educational goals.


Learn more about our work by exploring the Grantees, How We Work, and Areas of Focus sections of our website.



Our Team

Patrick Methvin

Patrick Methvin oversees work to increase the number of students that acquire a postsecondary degree or certificate.
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Robin Martin, Ed.D.
Deputy Director – Strategy, Planning, and Management

Dr. Robin Martin leads strategy, planning, and management efforts for the Postsecondary Success team, focusing on operational excellence and development and execution of key elements of the team’s work.
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Tiffany Jones, Ph.D.
Deputy Director – Data, Measurement, Learning and Evaluation

Dr. Tiffany Jones leads the foundation’s team responsible for using postsecondary data, measurement, learning, and evaluation to help reach the Postsecondary Success strategy’s goals of dramatically increasing student success and eliminating race, ethnicity, and income as predictors of that success.
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Chrystie Hill
Deputy Director – Delivery and Scale

Chrystie Hill leads the foundation’s efforts to identify and support intermediary organizations assisting colleges and universities in their comprehensive redesign strategies.
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Rahim Rajan
Deputy Director – Solutions

Rahim Rajan leads the foundation’s efforts to develop and scale innovative tools and practices that promote greater access and success for postsecondary students.
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Archie Cubarrubia, Ed.D.
Deputy Director – Transformation

Dr. Archie P. Cubarrubia leads the foundation’s team responsible for understanding how colleges and universities transform themselves to dramatically improve their performance and eliminate student success gaps and translating that understanding into useful tools, methods, and resources.
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