Chief Exective Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Inducted in 1997
Patty Stonesifer leads the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation's mission to promote equity for all people around the world. For all three of the foundation's program groups, she sets strategic priorities, monitors results, and facilitates relationships with key partners.
Some of the goals of the foundation's Global Development, Global Health and United States programs include creating opportunities for people to lift themselves out of poverty and hunger, financial services for the poor, free access to computers and the Internet in public libraries and access to existing vaccines, drugs, and other tools to fight diseases common in developing countries.
In addition to her responsibilities with the foundation, Stonesifer is an active community volunteer, donating both time and resources to a number of regional nonprofit organizations. Stonesifer has served as a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on AIDS. She serves on the boards of the Smithsonian Institution, The Seattle Foundation, and Amazon.com.
Before helping Bill and Melinda Gates launch the Gates Learning Foundation in 1997, Stonesifer was a senior vice president at Microsoft.