Jeff Raikes, chief executive officer, leads the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s efforts to promote equity for all people around the world. He sets strategic priorities, monitors results and facilitates relationships with key partners for the Gates Foundation’s three program groups.
Before joining the foundation, Raikes was a member of Microsoft’s senior leadership team, which sets overall strategy and direction for the company. Raikes was president of the Microsoft Business Division and oversaw the Information Worker, Server & Tools Business and Microsoft Business Solutions groups. He joined Microsoft in 1981 and held several positions including group vice president of the Worldwide Sales and Support Group, senior vice president of Microsoft North America and director of applications marketing.
Raikes, a Nebraska native, holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering-economic systems from Stanford University. He and his wife, Tricia, are founders of the Raikes Foundation. In June 2008, the University of Nebraska Board of Regents renamed the J.D. Edwards Honors Program in Computer Science and Management at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln to the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management. Raikes, a longtime supporter of the highly selective and renowned school, was a part of the initial conceptualization and has served on the board since its inception in 2001. He also serves on the board of directors of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute.