David Bley

Director, Pacific Northwest Initiative, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


David Bley is director of the Pacific Northwest Initiative in the United States Program for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He oversees strategies focused on stable families, great schools, high-quality early learning, and strong communities in Washington state and metropolitan Portland, Oregon.

Prior to joining the Gates Foundation in 2007, David benefited from diverse experience in the private, nonprofit and public sectors on various dimensions of poverty, economic opportunity, neighborhood revitalization and affordable housing. Past employers include the national nonprofit Enterprise Community Partners, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle, Fannie Mae, former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice, the U.S. Congress, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

David earned a bachelor's degree in urban planning from the University of Washington and a master's degree in public administration from Seattle University. He also serves on the boards of Philanthropy Northwest, PACE-Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement, the state-wide leadership committee for the Washington Families Fund, the King County Committee to End Homelessness, the sponsors group of the King County regional Road Map education campaign coordinated by the Community Center for Education Results, and the advisory committee to Seattle University’s Youth Initiative.