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Heather Hiles

Title Deputy Director
Organization Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Prior to joining the foundation, Heather was founder and CEO of Pathbrite, the world’s leading Portfolio Learning Platform. Before founding Pathbrite, Heather built a solid career in education, workforce development, and finance spanning more than 20 years. A successful serial entrepreneur, her leadership experience includes positions as a founder or leader of several private and public sector organizations, including: Commissioner for the San Francisco Unified School District; Executive Director of Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2); co-founder of EARN; and CEO of SFWorks, a nonprofit that transitions women from welfare into career.

Heather received her B.A. from University of California at Berkeley in Economic Development and Ethnic Studies and holds an MBA from Yale University, with a concentration in Finance and Strategic Planning. She has served on the boards of Leadership Public Schools, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, AIDS Legal Referral Panel, and Communities United Against Violence (CUAV).


Posts By Heather Hiles

Reflecting Reality: The Push to Make Higher Ed More Diverse – and Relevant

Four in 10 students are non-white, one-third are the first in their family to attempt college, and more than a quarter are parents as well as students. If higher education is going to remain relevant and better serve today’s college students, our content and product providers must make strides to catch up in terms of diversity – and keep up.

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Taking Stock: Progress and Prospects for College Advising

Over the past several years, significant progress has been made in college advising, thanks to the creative and tireless efforts of many of our partners. Moving forward, it is critical as a field to define both what we mean by advising and what will be needed to make sure it is effective, scalable, and sustainable.

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