Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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Allan Golston

Title President, United States Program
Organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Allan C. Golston, president of the United States Program, leads the foundation’s efforts to ensure that all students receive a high-quality education that leads to success in college and their career. He oversees the U.S. Program’s major areas of investment—Education, Pacific Northwest, Special Initiatives, and Advocacy.

Golston’s professional background is in finance, health care, and education. He holds an MBA from Seattle University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Colorado. He is an active community volunteer and serves on the boards of a number of regional and national organizations

Posts By Allan Golston

My Personal Journey into Working to Improve Education for All

My parents both worked two jobs to provide for us, so we could live in a zip code with good public schools. They understood that education was the best ticket to more opportunities and a better life.

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What it Takes to Stay the Course

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of spending time in Kentucky classrooms to see how teachers are helping transform education for all Kentucky students.

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America’s Businesses Need the Common Core

Business leaders increasingly understand that the shift to the Common Core State Standards will lead to a better educated workforce.

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Education is the Civil Rights Issue of Today

From its inception, the Gates Foundation has funded efforts to help ensure all students have access to a great education—whether through scholarships in the earliest days to more systemic work today, like investments to help recruit, compensate, support
and develop highly effective teachers.

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Giving Every Child a Chance to Succeed

As a nation, we have an obligation to not just adopt better standards, but give children and families a way to meet them. That's why in addition to supporting standards, the foundation is investing in helping teachers become more effective, and in resources, tools and supports that will help students master the new common core standards. We want to support states and districts that are now doing the hard work of implementation.

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