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Why work here

Why work at the Gates Foundation?

We tackle some of the world's toughest problems. Our employees are an incredible group of compassionate, committed individuals, drawn by the opportunity to make a difference. They come from academic, scientific, private, government and nonprofit backgrounds and you’ll work alongside top thinkers, problem solvers and doers.

Put your talents to use in a fast-paced, stimulating organization where you can make an outsized impact. Year over year, our employees report they are proud to work here and are willing to go above and beyond in service of our mission to reduce inequities.

Full-time assistants attend the Global Administrative Forum day of learning at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, WA on Thursday, September 15, 2016.

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“One of the most important things for me in thinking about coming to work at the Gates Foundation is the ability to work somewhere with such a global reputation and to work at a global scale.”
Senior Program Officer, Global Policy & Advocacy
Employees mingle at a social gathering during the Annual Employee Meeting in Seattle, WA on May 10, 2022.
Culture and values

At the Gates Foundation, we have bold aspirations and we're unabashedly optimistic.

Foundation employees connect with other colleagues during the Annual Employee Meeting at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, WA on May 10, 2022.

We succeed when our employees thrive. We offer an exceptional benefit package and work environment to support you.

Cindy Ogasawara (center) is congratulated by fellow employees after receiving the Bill Gates Sr. Award, during the annual Year in Review event at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington, on December 13, 2022.
Employee programs

We want to inspire people to take action to change the world—and that includes our employees. Our employee programs enable you to get connected and get involved, both in and out of the office.

DEI in the workplace

Diversity, equity, and inclusion

To have the greatest possible impact, we must make diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) a priority, starting with the people we hire and how we work to retain them. As our workforce grows, so does our opportunity to evolve into an organization that is more reflective of our partners and the communities we serve.

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Staff arrive for the 2018 annual All Employee Meeting at McCaw Hall in Seattle, WA on May 15, 2018.
Meet our people

Meet our people

Our employees come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds and from all corners of the globe. Learn what inspired some of them to join the foundation and see what inspired them to join and discover how their previous experience translates to working in philanthropy.

“Having the opportunity to give back in such a big way, but do it as part of my work, is really incredible.”
Director, Global Health
Toni Hoover
Director, Global Health (Seattle office)
Dr. Toni Hoover leads a team that supports the programs and functions with business strategy and operations, portfolio and project management, and engagement with industry and product development partners.

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What our employees are saying

Amy Carter
Director, Community Engagement (Seattle Office)
Eric Momanyi
Senior Program Officer, Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene (Seattle Office)

Work at the Gates Foundation

Want to get involved with the Gates Foundation and the work we're doing around the world? Take a look at our job openings.


Our offices

We have offices worldwide to tackle critical problems

We have learned the value of having foundation representatives based in key regions—to help us build relationships with partner organizations and governments, better understand the policy environment, and remain culturally sensitive.

Gates Foundation staff members pose for a photo after the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting 2017 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington D.C. on October 4, 2017.
Washington, D.C. and Seattle offices

Our staff in the United States works with governments, nongovernmental organizations, universities, industry, and the philanthropic sector to advance the foundation’s goals. In the United States and Canada, we build relationships with community leaders, policymakers, and innovators who are working to create opportunity around the world and transform schools in the United States.

View of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation offices in London, England on April 11, 2015.
London & Berlin offices

Our London & Berlin staff work with grantees and partners across Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia to build and sustain donor government support and foster commitment to advancing global health and development goals. These offices are also home to a number of staff who work on specific foundation initiatives in global health, development, and education.

Employees of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation enjoy a reception at the Annual Employee Meeting in Seattle, Washington, on May 9, 2023.
Delhi office

Our India-based staff work in collaboration with the Indian government and other partners on various issues, from health care and sanitation to gender equality, agricultural development, and financial empowerment of the most vulnerable populations.

With the goal of improving the lives of millions of Indian people, we collaborate with community groups, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, the private sector, and development organizations.

Employees of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pose for a photo during CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mark Suzman's visit to the Foundation's South Africa office, in Johannesburg, South Africa, on September 19, 2022.
Addis Ababa, Abuja, and Johannesburg offices

Our employees based in Africa work alongside national governments, local organizations, and other African partners and we contribute funding and scientific expertise in support of their goals for change. We support a range of programs that work to improve health and nutrition, gender equality, disease prevention & treatment, sanitation, agriculture, and financial empowerment.

Mark Suzman poses for a group photo with the Gates Foundation China Country Office team in Beijing, China.
Beijing office

Our China-based staff lead our efforts to provide financial and technical support to our Chinese partners, build bridges to international cooperation to help them accelerate product, technology, and systems innovation in health, agricultural development, and poverty reduction.


Frequently Asked Questions

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More about the foundation

Our story

Learn about the origins of the foundation and the values that drive our work

Our role

Learn how our foundation fits among the many institutions working to improve the world.

Our work

Learn about where we work around the globe and the programs we’ve created to address urgent issues in global health, global development, and education.

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