Jeff Raikes is co-founder, with his wife Tricia, of the Raikes Foundation, which works toward a just and inclusive society, where all young people have the support they need to reach their full potential. The foundation focuses on youth-serving systems, seeking to make them work better on behalf of the most marginalized young people in our society. Based in Seattle, the Raikes Foundation focuses on using the science of learning and development to advance more equitable learning environments; preventing and ending youth and young adult homelessness; and improving the quality of expanded learning programs. The foundation recently launched an initiative focused on increasing the impact of giving by individual donors.
From 2008 to 2014, Jeff was the CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he was responsible for setting strategic priorities, monitoring results, and facilitating relationships with key partners for all of the foundation’s program groups including global development, global health and the U.S. program, which focuses on education and global policy. Before joining the Gates Foundation, Jeff was a member of Microsoft’s senior leadership team, which set overall strategy and direction for the company. Before joining Microsoft in 1981, Jeff was a software development manager at Apple Computer, Inc.
Jeff serves as the chair of the Stanford University Board of Trustees. He has been highly involved with the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) and helped establish the Mindset Scholars Network through the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS). Jeff has supported many other areas of the university as well, including the Knight‑Hennessy Scholars Program, the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, the Graduate School of Education, the Center on Food Security and the Environment, and the Project for Education Research That Scales (PERTS) Mindset Challenge. In addition, he and Tricia established the Jeff and Tricia Raikes Undergraduate Scholarship Fund to help enable students admitted to Stanford from rural and inner-city schools to have an opportunity to attend the university.
A native Nebraskan, Jeff was part of the initial conceptualization of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s J.D. Edwards Honors Program in Computer Science and Management, which was renamed the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management in 2008. He is currently a member of the school’s advisory board.
Jeff holds a bachelor of science degree in engineering-economic systems from Stanford University. He and Tricia have three children, all of whom have earned Stanford degrees.
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On Saturday, December 7, Bellevue Rotarians will lead the holiday bell ringing at Macy’s, Bellevue Square, and QFC, at Bellevue Village Center, in support of the Salvation Army. Funds raised will provide emergency assistance for families in need on the Eastside throughout the winter.
We need you! Please join us and volunteer for a 90‑minute shift. Invite your family and friends to join you!
We need 14 sets of volunteers (two people or one family/group per shift) to sign up for seven 90‑minute shifts, with two locations (one at Macy’s, at Bellevue Square, and one at QFC, at Bellevue Village Center).
Sign up for a shift online and brighten the holiday season for families in need!
Questions? Contact Tracy Rockwell.
The Bellevue Rotary Harvest Against Hunger (formerly Rotary First Harvest) Party is held the second Saturday, every other month, from 8:30-11:00AM, at the Northwest Harvest Warehouse, 22220 68th Ave S, Kent. This is a wonderful and meaningful way to be a part of a hands-on project that helps people in our own community. All Rotarians, family members and friends are invited to help! (Children must be at least 3rd grade or 9 years old.)
The Bellevue Rotary Club organizes work parties every other month, but you can sign up to attend a work party in any month. Just visit the Harvest Against Hunger website and click on the sign up link for the date of the work party in which you wish to participate. A one-step form will open for you to complete, and you can use this form to sign up for a work party several months in advance.
The Bellevue Rotary Ski Group is planning to make its year 2020 trip to the Red Mountain Resort in Rossland, BC, March 5‑9. More than 20 BRC Rotarians and family members, including several non‑skiers, have already expressed an interest in going.
If you are interested in joining us, and haven’t already been getting trip emails, please contact Jim Hogue (425.503.8335).