Jean-Claude Brizard

Senior Advisor & Deputy Director
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Jean-Claude Brizard is senior advisor and deputy director in the Gates Foundation United States Program. In his role as senior advisor, he leads the program’s P-16 Community Investment Team in their effort to more deeply understand a student's journey from preschool through completion of a post-secondary credential. Prior, Jean-Claude was a senior fellow for Strategy, Planning and Management at the foundation where he focused on supporting the execution of a local proof point to close the achievement and opportunity gaps in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, as well as, advising the K-12 Education team on strategy. He was a partner at FourPoint Education Group (formerly Cross & Joftus, LLC) where he was focused on two practice areas–a unique, collaborative structure that supported the work of many state departments of education and public school districts as they sought to turn around chronically failing school systems and a practice area focused on education to career.



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