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David Bley

Title Director, Pacific Northwest Initiative
Organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

David Bley oversees local grantmaking in education, housing and homelessness, and strong communities to support children and families in our home state of Washington.

Posts By David Bley

Hear that? It’s your superpower calling

Lindsey is about to graduate from college with honors, but her path to a postsecondary degree wasn't an easy one.

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10 Examples of Progress in Washington State

2015 included its share of memorable moments for our Pacific Northwest partners and our community.

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What Do Children Need to Succeed in School?

As students cross the bridge from pre-K through college completion, they all need skilled and supported teachers who hold high expectations.

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Celebrating 15 Years of Partnerships in the Pacific Northwest

Important examples of progress for kids and families in Washington state.

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Potlatch: The Native Spirit of Giving

Because sustainable change requires deep community support, the time is right for Potlatch Fund to take the lead on decision-making for grants that support Washington state and Portland, Oregon's Native American communities, so that our local tribes can take full ownership of creating their own solutions.

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