Isa Ellis

Senior Program Officer
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Isa Ellis is a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation focused on increasing access to education and employment pathways that lead to upward mobility for Black & Latino young people, and those experiencing poverty. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Isa was national vice president at the Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA), launching the organization’s first national postsecondary and workforce development strategy to increase access to high quality college & career readiness for Club youth. Isa’s more than 15 years in education includes brokering partnerships between the education, corporate, governmental, NGO & philanthropic sectors to increase access & funding for underserved youth. Isa holds a master’s degrees in business administration & public administration from the University of Notre Dame and Baruch College and has been awarded for her professional & civic leadership by Leadership Atlanta, Athena International, the Chicago Foundation for Women & more.

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