Stephen Patrick is a senior program officer on the Postsecondary Success Team with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. His work at the foundation focuses on student supports and on developing supportive pathways through college for low-income young adults, with a particular emphasis on those young people who do not take a direct path from high school into college. Prior to joining the foundation in 2007, Patrick served as the director of Youth and Emerging Initiatives with the New Mexico Community Foundation. Prior to that, he served as a vice president and director of the Daniels Fund. Before joining the Daniels staff, Patrick co-founded and was the executive director of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. He is also the former director of Youth and Indian Child Welfare Act programs for the San Juan Pueblo tribe and has served on a number of boards.