Connie Collingsworth is the Chief Business Operations Officer and a member of the Executive Leadership Team of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest foundation with over $43 billion in assets. She is also a board member of Banner Corporation, a bank holding company, and Premera Blue Cross, one of the largest health plans in the Pacific Northwest in the United States. Prior to joining the foundation, Connie was a partner of Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates), a major U.S. law firm. She has extensive nonprofit governance experience, including currently serving as the Board Co-Chair of Women’s World Banking, a global institution focused on expanding access of low-income women to financial services, and was previously the Board Chair of Social Venture Partners. Connie received an LL.M. in International Business Legal Studies from the University of Exeter, England, a J.D. from the University of Nebraska School of Law, and a B.A., in English from Andrews University.