Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Ken Thompson is a senior program officer in the Pacific Northwest Initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, making grants in the Initiative’s Education Pathways area. He is lead on education-focused collective impact work in Seattle and South King County, a communitywide effort to increase educational attainment from cradle to college. With the foundation since 1998, his primary expertise is education and youth development. Previously, Thompson managed, designed, and sunset the foundation’s Community Access to Technology grant program, which funded over 300 community-based technology access sites in Washington State. Previously, he worked on the Gates Foundation’s US Library Program.