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Carolyn Ainslie

Strategic Investment Fund Interim Director

Carolyn Ainslie, Chief Financial Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and current Interim Director of the Strategic Investment Team, oversees finance and accounting, financial planning and analysis, risk and assurance, partner organizational effectiveness, the strategic investment fund, and several special initiatives. This is both a strategic and operational leadership role, responsible for maximizing impact across the foundation’s portfolio of programmatic investments in global health, global development, and education.

Prior to the foundation in 2018, Carolyn worked for 10 years as Princeton University’s Vice President for Finance and Treasurer where she was responsible for the central financial functions of the University and as a member of the President’s senior staff, served as a key partner on strategic university initiatives. She also spent 10 years as the Vice President for Planning and Budget at Cornell University.

Carolyn holds a master’s in business administration in finance from the University of Rochester and bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University.

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