Molly Watkins joined the Raikes Foundation in 2016 to lead its communications strategy. Previously, Molly worked across a number of program areas at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, including US education, family planning, agriculture and nutrition. She also served as the lead communications adviser to co-chair Melinda Gates. Prior to returning to her hometown to join the Gates Foundation, Molly spent 15 years in New York City, working at Carnegie Hall and in city government. She also spent several years as a consultant at the Glover Park Group, working with clients including the American Federation of Teachers, the Common Core State Standards Initiative, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and several political campaigns. Molly began her career at KIRO radio in Seattle upon her graduation from Washington State University.