Patty Stonesifer is the outgoing President and CEO of Martha’s Table, a non-profit organization in Washington, DC committed to supporting strong children, strong families, and strong communities by increasing access to quality education, health, and family supports.
Patty previously advised business, nonprofit, and government leaders on strategies for reducing inequity and was appointed in 2010 by President Obama to serve as the Chair of the White House Council for Community Solutions. In 2012, she completed her term as Chair of the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents. In the ten years prior, she was the founding CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Patty sits on DC’s State Early Childhood Development Coordinating Council (SECDCC), serves on the board of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, is a member of the Circle of Allies and Champions for the National Council of Young Leaders, an Advisory Board Member for America Achieves, and is on the Executive Committee of RaiseDC. Patty is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, DC and serves as an at-large member of the Federal City Council’s Executive Committee. She also serves as a director on the board of Amazon.com.
Before joining the Gates Foundation, Patty spent two decades working in technology, with her final role as Senior Vice President at Microsoft Corporation leading the consumer and interactive products division. Patty served as a member of the US delegation to the United Nations General Assembly Special Sessions on AIDS, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a graduate of Indiana University, and has received honorary doctorate degrees from Indiana University, Tufts University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.