As Director of The Generations Initiative, Hilary sets the strategic direction for the project and oversees all primary management functions.

From 2006-12, she served as Director of Education, Postsecondary Success & Special Initiatives, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she led the foundation’s postsecondary education initiative as well as one-time opportunities to respond to unique challenges and unanticipated events in the US.


Previously, Hilary served as a Senior Fellow at the progressive think tank the Center for American Progress and as President and CEO of Jobs for the Future (JFF), a research and policy development organization she co-founded with Arthur White. In her 22 years with JFF, Hilary helped it become one of the most influential in the country on issues of education, youth transitions, workforce development, and future work requirements. She also served on President Clinton’s transition team and as co-chair of his Presidential Advisory Committee on Technology.

Hilary is a graduate of the Yale School of Management and Yale College. She holds a graduate degree in Social Anthropology from Oxford University and a Masters of Theological Studies from the Episcopal Divinity School. She was a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2000. She serves on the boards of the Noyce Foundation and Capella Education Company.


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