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Connie Collingsworth is the General Counsel, Secretary and member of the Management Committee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest foundation. Ms. Collingsworth serves on the board of Premera Blue Cross, one of the largest health plans in the Pacific Northwest, providing comprehensive, innovative programs focused on wellness and prevention, disease management and patient safety. She serves on the Audit & Compliance Commmittee, Investment Committee and Quality Committee for the Premera Board. Ms. Collingsworth also sits on the board of Banner Corporation, a bank holding company operating commercial banks in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, where she is a member of the Compensation and Governance Committees. She previously served as a board member and Independent Board Observer for Attenex Corporation, a privately held company that became an established leader in automating data processing with powerful visualization tools to analyze massive amounts of electronically stored information.
Prior to joining the foundation, Ms. Collingsworth was a partner of Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates), a leading Northwest law firm based in Seattle, where she served as lead attorney for a broad range of commercial transactions, merger and acquisitions, and private equity financings, including venture capital and hedge funds. During her tenure at Preston Gates & Ellis, she served as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, was the Chairperson of the firm’s Business Department and served as a member of the Compensation Committee.
Nonprofit activities include serving as the Secretary and board member of Women’s World Banking, a global network of microfinance institutions focused on expanding the economic assets, participation and power of low-income women and their households by helping them access financial services, and serves as a member of the Finance and Compensation Committees. Ms. Collingsworth is also currently a board member of the Northwest Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).
Previous nonprofit leadership activities include serving as the Board Chair of Social Venture Partners (SVP), a network of individuals who combine financial contributions and professional skills with a passion for philanthropy to leverage expertise and resources to strengthen nonprofits, and Co-Founder, Board Chair and President of the French American School of Puget Sound, a nonprofit, full-immersion French language school serving students from pre-school through grade 8, with current enrollment of approximately 400 students.
Connie holds an LL.M. in International Business Studies from the University of Exeter, England, a J.D. from the University of Nebraska and a B.A. from Andrews University