Interim Deputy Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Jamie M. Zimmerman is the interim Deputy Director of Digital Connectivity at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As part of the newly-formed Gender Impact Accelerators team within the Gender Equality Division, Jamie M. Zimmerman is driving a new learning agenda and strategy around tools, platforms, and business models to accelerate the closure of the gender digital divide. Jamie is on assignment to the Gender Equality division from the Global Growth and Opportunity Division where she has led Foundation’s work to increase low-income women’s economic empowerment through access to and usage of digital financial services since 2020. She joined the Foundation in 2017 as a Senior Program Officer for Global Partnerships for the Financial Services for the Poor team. Prior to joining the Foundation, Jamie spent several years as an independent global advisor to several partners, including the World Bank, CGAP, IFC, USAID, UNCDF, G20 presidency, World Food Program and the International Rescue Committee. From 2006 to 2013, she directed the Global Assets Program at New America, a Washington DC based think tank, and was previously deputy director of Globalization Studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, where she authored, with Dr. Susan Aaronson, Trade Imbalance: The Struggle to Weigh Human Rights Concerns in Trade Policymaking. Jamie holds a B.A. in Foreign Languages and International Economics, and a Master’s in International Political Economic and Development, both from the University of Kentucky.
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