Senior Program Officer, Data, US Programs
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Orville Jackson is an education leader with a wide-range of experience managing diverse teams and complex projects to advance equity in education, nonprofit, and philanthropic settings. Orville joined the Gates Foundation in 2023 after 5 years as Vice President, Data Strategy at Greatschools. As a Senior Program Officer on the Data team he leads the foundation's Education-to-Workforce efforts to support national alignment to a set of shared indicators from early learning to employment. He has been using his leadership, strategy, research, and analytic skills for over 15 years to improve outcomes and close opportunity gaps affecting students of color and students living in poverty. Orville is a first-generation college graduate and earned his A.A. from Cypress College, a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He likes reading and watching Sci-Fi/Fantasy and lives in Berkeley, California with his partner, 2 children, and a puppy.