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The Gates Foundation as stepping stone

By Laurie Bennett

April 9, 2012 at 9:54am

A top job at the country’s largest foundation would be a great line on any resume.

Most people have pretty impressive credentials even before they begin working at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Yet the organization’s role as a springboard to other high-level posts in the government, nonprofit and business sectors is still impressive.

The Muckety map above shows a few examples:

  • Former foundation CEO Patricia Stonesifer is now chair of both the Smithsonian Institution and the White House Council for Community Solutions. She’s also a director of Amazon.
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  • Rajiv Shah, who served as the foundation’s director of agricultural development, is administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development.
  • Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who was president of global development, now heads the Walmart Foundation. She’s also on the MetLife board.
  • David Lane, former director of policy and public affairs, went on to be president and CEO of ONE Campaign. He later left that job to serve as adviser to Bill Daley when he became White House chief of staff.
  • Helene D. Gayle, who was director of HIV & TB & reproductive health at Gates, is president & CEO of CARE. She’s also on the boards of Colgate-Palmolive, the American Museum of Natural History and the Rockefeller Foundation.
  • John Deasy became superintendent of Los Angeles schools after leaving the foundation, where he served as deputy director of education.
  • Trevor Neilson, former director of public affairs at Gates, is a co-founder of the Global Philanthropy Group.
  • Charles Lyons, who was the foundation’s director of special initiatives, now heads the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
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