Gates Family Foundation - Program Associate/Program Officer

Our new Program Associate (entry-level) or Program Officer (for more experienced candidates) will support the Natural Resources and Community Development team on all aspects of grantmaking in these two areas, and join the rest of the staff in the Foundation’s capital grantmaking work. Qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume no later than November 2, as we aim to fill the position in late 2018.

To learn more and apply, please visit our website.

This position supports two members of our staff who have been promoted to Senior Program Officers:

Laia Mitchell (Senior Program Officer, Community Development) joined the Foundation as a program associate in April 2015. Laia’s work focuses on economic opportunity, food systems and agriculture, multi-modal transportation, and community planning and development in urban and rural areas. Her previous experience includes urban and regional planning and social enterprises, including work at the Mile High Business Alliance, the Piton Foundation/Gary Community Investments, Mile High Connects, and the City and County of Denver Public Works. As a Fulbright scholar, she spent three years working with organic farmers and teaching English in northern Spain. She is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Russell Schnitzer (Senior Program Officer, Natural Resources) joined the Foundation in November 2016 to support work in water resources management and land conservation. Russ's career in nonprofit conservation has carried him from organizational development and strategic planning to large-scale project management, major gifts fundraising, and public policy. He spent a decade with Trout Unlimited, six years with The Nature Conservancy and is a former U.S. Forest Service smokejumper. Russ is a recipient of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Achievement Award, and has co-authored a number of publications pertaining to the intersection of social values and the environment.