CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Jeff Raikes is the former chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he led the foundation’s efforts to promote equity for all people around the world. During his more than five years there, Jeff set strategic priorities, oversaw significant growth of the organization, and facilitated relationships with key partners. In 2011 he was named the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Executive of the Year.
With his wife, Tricia, Jeff now co-leads the Raikes Foundation, which they founded in 2002 with a mission to empower young people to transform their lives. Based in Seattle, the Raikes Foundation’s priorities are preventing and ending youth homelessness in King County; improving the quality of after school programs in Washington State; and helping students across the country develop “student agency” - the academic mindsets and learning strategies that have been demonstrated to advance achievement. Jeff and Tricia have committed to significantly increase the foundation's grant-making capacity over the next decade.
Before joining the Gates Foundation, Jeff was a member of Microsoft's senior leadership team, which sets overall strategy and direction for the company. Jeff was president of the Microsoft Business Division and oversaw the Information Worker, Server & Tools Business and Microsoft Business Solutions groups. He previously served as group vice president of the Worldwide Sales and Support Group, where he was responsible for providing strategic leadership for Microsoft's sales, marketing, and service initiatives. Before that, he served as senior vice president of Microsoft North America.