Connie Collingsworth is the Chief Business Operations Officer and a member of the Executive Leadership Team of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest foundation with over $43 billion in assets. In this role, she oversees much of the foundation’s daily operations, providing guidance and leading strategic planning to drive operational efficiency and effectiveness in support of the foundation’s mission.
Ms. Collingsworth is a board member and Chair of the Governance & Nominating Committee of Banner Corporation, a bank holding company, with assets of approximately $10 billion. Ms. Collingsworth is also a board member and Chair of the Compensation Committee of Premera Blue Cross, one of the largest health plans in the Pacific Northwest in the United States.
Prior to joining the foundation, Ms. Collingsworth was a partner of Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates), a major U.S. law firm, where she served as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Her practice focused on commercial transactions, merger and acquisitions, and private equity financing.
Ms. Collingsworth has extensive nonprofit governance experience, including currently serving as the Board Co-Chair of Women’s World Banking, a global institution, focused on expanding access of low-income women to financial services. She was previously the Board Chair of Social Venture Partners and was a Co-Founder, Board Chair and President of the French American School of Puget Sound.
Connie received an LL.M. in International Business Legal Studies from the University of Exeter, England, a J.D. from the University of Nebraska School of Law, and a B.A., in English from Andrews University.