Linda Patterson is a global advocacy strategist who believes in the power of collective action to change the world. Her focus is on helping partners develop and execute strategies to influence the right decisions that will achieve their social impact goals.
At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Linda worked on advocacy strategies for numerous priority issues, including polio, malaria, vaccines and child health. Most recently, she led the development and implementation of a policy, advocacy and communications strategy in partnership with the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene team. As a program officer, she managed a $6 million portfolio of grants and contracts to generate attention, mobilize resources and catalyze policy changes needed to make it easier and cheaper for cities to provide sanitation services for the urban poor.
Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Linda served at the National Democratic Institute advocating for genuine and transparent elections overseas, and managed monitoring missions to countries such as Nigeria, Liberia and Ukraine. She has also worked on several U.S. presidential and state political campaigns.
Linda holds a bachelor of arts in international affairs from George Washington University in Washington, DC.