Jeff Raikes is the co-founder of the Raikes Foundation with his wife, Tricia. The foundation works toward a just and inclusive society where all young people have the support they need to reach their full potential. The foundation also works to increase the effectiveness of philanthropic giving through its Impact-Driven Philanthropy Initiative.
Jeff is the former CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he led the foundation’s efforts to promote equity for all people around the world. Prior to joining the foundation, Jeff was president of Microsoft’s Business Division and served as a member of the company’s senior leadership team that set overall strategy and direction for the firm. He began his career with Microsoft in 1981 and was instrumental in creating the Microsoft Office suite of productivity applications. Jeff is the chair of the Stanford University Board of Trustees. He is part of the ownership group of the Seattle Mariners and serves on its board. He also serves on the board of Costco Wholesale Corp. and the advisory board of the Raikes School at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.