Dr. John D. Denning

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Senior Program Officer
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


John D. Denning, Ed.D., is a senior program officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He leads Gates Foundation investments that support policy development and advocacy efforts, particularly those that drive improvements in the Foundation’s U.S. Program priority areas in North Carolina: early learning, K-12 education and postsecondary education. He previously served in roles as an award-winning high school social studies teacher, a researcher with the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, a chair of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Commission and North Carolina’s state director for K-12 and postsecondary alignment.