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Nate Simpson

Senior Program Officer, U.S. Programs

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Nate is a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He serves on the U.S. Programs, Postsecondary Success and Early Learning & Pathways team with a goal of improving the United States higher education sector to both offer accessible, high-quality, and affordable postsecondary education and provide the necessary support to ensure that students complete their programs of study on time, achieve economic agency over their lives, and eliminate race/income as a predictor of success. He oversees a $28M portfolio of funding designed to help educational practitioners focus their improvements around their students’ journeys, especially marginalized student populations. He is also a founding member of the Education Pathways strategy team, which gives away $50M a year, to fund the improvement of High Education institutions’ role within regional employment zones so learners can achieve their economic agency.


Nate has served on the National Society of Collegiate Scholars board, a premier honor society for first-year undergraduate students that provides access to scholarships, leadership, and career development opportunities. Nate has a master’s degree in education from Loyola University, Chicago and bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology from Mourehouse College.

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