Director of Education, Postsecondary Success & Special Initiatives
Hilary Pennington leads the Gates Foundation’s postsecondary education initiative as well as efforts around one-time opportunities to respond to unique challenges and unanticipated events in the United States. Before joining the foundation, Pennington served as a Senior Fellow at the progressive think tank the Center for American Progress and as President and CEO of Jobs for the Future (JFF), a research and policy development organization she co-founded. In her twenty-two years as President and CEO of JFF, Pennington helped the organization become one of the most influential in the country on issues of education, youth transitions, workforce development, and future work requirements. She also served on President Clinton’s transition team and as co-chair of President Clinton’s Presidential Advisory Committee on Technology.