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David Bley

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

David Bley oversees local grantmaking and the development and implementation of strategies to help vulnerable children and families in the Pacific Northwest.

Posts By David Bley

Collaborating to Create High Quality Public Charter Schools in Washington State

Our goal is to bring this collaborative spirit to emerging efforts around charter schools in Washington state. Last November, voters approved the creation of up to 40 public charter schools over the next five years, making Washington the 42nd state to offer charters as another public school option for students.

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Progress in the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest foundation team provided nearly $40 million in funding to support programs creating opportunities for all children to thrive in stable families, great schools, and strong communities. During the past year, we saw some great progress and incredible wins to help children and families thrive—everything from launching a new way to help homeless families, to winning millions of additional federal dollars for Washington students.

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Mayor Chandler? New Seattle Schools Attendance Initiative Wants to Make it Happen

Seattle, WA Mayor Mike McGinn launches school attendance campaign to help kids bridge the achievement gap.

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A Stable Home, A Stable Education

Here’s a story about how an innovative project in Tacoma is making impact helping homeless families find stability AND improving their children’s outcomes in school.

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Is it Possible to Reduce Intergenerational Poverty?

Nine organizations throughout Washington and Oregon will soon be receiving $5M to re-grant within their own communities. The goal is to empower these communities to identify and address their own prioritized social challenges.

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