Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we believe that every person deserves the chance to lead 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 has become is essential for success in today’s economy. Virtually all jobs created since the last recession require at least some postsecondary education. At the same time, the likelihood of getting that education depends on a person’s race or income. It shouldn’t, and we are working to change that.

We support and work with partners to transform colleges and universities so that more students – especially low-income and first-generation students, students of color, and working adults – graduate at higher rates, with high-quality degrees or certificates at an affordable cost.

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.


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
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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Jennifer Engle
Deputy Director – Data, Measurement, Evaluation, and Learning

Dr. Jennifer Engle leads the foundation’s efforts in postsecondary data, measurement, learning, and evaluation.
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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
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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