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Director of Education, Postsecondary Success & Special Initiatives, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
As Director of Education, Postsecondary Success & Special Initiatives, Hilary Pennington leads the foundation's postsecondary education initiative as well as efforts around one-time opportunities to respond to unique challenges and unanticipated events in the United States.
Before joining the foundation, Pennington served as a Senior Fellow at the progressive think tank the Center for American Progress and vice-chair of Jobs for the Future (JFF), a research and policy development organization she co-founded. In her twenty-two years as President and CEO of JFF, Pennington helped the organization become one of the most influential in the country on issues of education, youth transitions, workforce development, and future work requirements. She also served on President Clinton's transition team and as co-chair of President Clinton's Presidential Advisory Committee on Technology.
Pennington is a graduate of the Yale School of Management and Yale College. She holds a graduate degree in Social Anthropology from Oxford University and was a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2000.