Director, Washington State Initiative, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Dr. Angela Jones leads the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s efforts to create sustainable and positive impact for students, families, and communities in Washington State. With more than 25 years of passionate engagement, service, and leadership in Washington’s public education systems, she applies her experience in leading systemic change and a strong belief in community sustainability and generational growth through access to education.
Before joining the foundation in 2021, Angela served as the CEO of Washington STEM and previously held roles at Washington State University, Eastern Washington University, Spokane Public Schools, and the Wapato School District that included Vice President of Student Affairs, Vice President of University Advancement, Chief of Staff, and Director of Employment and Conciliation Services.
Building the Education-to-Work Pipeline
The education-to-work pipeline is a system to help students transition from school to the workforce - involving mentorship, alternative programs to traditional education and coordination between schools and employers. Noble work, often an uphill battle. Meet some of the tireless people who make it happen.
Presented with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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