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Connie Collingsworth is the Chief Business Operations Officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Her responsibilities include leading Legal, Grants and Contracts Management, Information Technology, Global Security, and overall business design and change management. In this role, she oversees much of the foundation’s daily operations, providing guidance and leading strategic planning for each division to drive operational efficiency and effectiveness in support of the foundation’s mission.
Connie serves on the board of Banner Corporation, a bank holding company, and Chairs its Governance and Nominating Committee. She also serves as a board member of Premera Blue Cross and Chairs its Compensation Nominating Committee.
Connie has extensive nonprofit governance experience including serving as Co-Chair of the board of Women’s World Banking, Board Chair of Social Venture Partners, and Board Chair of the French American School of Puget Sound, of which she was also a founder.
Connie received an LL.M. in International Business Legal Studies from the University of Exeter, England, a J.D. from the University of Nebraska School of Law, and a B.A., in English from Andrews University.