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Patricia Q. Stonesifer CAS Commencement Speaker

CAS Speaker Patty Stonesifer

Patty Stonesifer is president and CEO of Martha’s Table, a nonprofit in Washington, DC. The organization’s various programs—Healthy Eating, Healthy Start, and Healthy Connections—help families and individuals break the cycle of poverty.

Stonesifer previously advised business, nonprofit, and government leaders on strategies to reduce inequity. In 2010 President Obama appointed her to serve as chair of the White House Council for Community Solutions. She completed her term as chair of the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents in 2012.

Prior to joining Martha’s Table in 2013, Stonesifer was founding CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she oversaw a $38.7 billion endowment fund and distributed more than $2 billion annually to public-private partnerships working to improve the health and welfare of vulnerable populations in the United States and abroad.

For two decades, Stonesifer worked in technology, rising to senior vice president at Microsoft Corporation, where she headed the consumer and interactive products division. She sits on the corporate board of Amazon.com.

Stonesifer serves on various boards, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. She was part of the US delegation to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Federal City Council’s Executive Committee, and the Economic Club of Washington, DC.

In 1996 Time magazine named her one of the 25 most influential people in America. Stonesifer graduated from Indiana University and is the recipient of several honorary degrees.