William H. Gates Sr.
As Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates Sr. guides the foundation’s vision and strategic direction and serves as an advocate for its key issues.
Bill earned his bachelor’s and law degrees from theUniversityofWashington, following three years of U.S. Army service in World War II. He became a partner in the law firm of Shidler McBroom Gates & Lucas in 1964, guiding it through growth and mergers that would eventually establish Preston Gates & Ellis, today known as K&L Gates.
A successful and prominent attorney, Bill has served as president of both the Seattle/King County Bar Association and the Washington State Bar Association. His many other leadership positions include past chairmanship of the Washington Courts 2000 Committee and the American Bar Association House of Delegates. His awards and honors include the 2009 American Bar Association Medal, the 2009 William O. Douglas Award, the 1992 American Judicature Society Herbert Harley Award, and being named the 1991 University of Washington Law School Distinguished Alumnus.
Bill has served as trustee, officer and volunteer for more than two dozen Northwest organizations, including the GreaterSeattleChamber of Commerce andKing County United Way. In 1995, he founded the Technology Alliance, a cooperative regional effort to expand technology-based employment inWashington. He also has been a strong advocate for education for many years, chairing the Seattle Public School Levy Campaign in 1971 and serving as a member of theUniversityofWashington’s Board of Regents since 1997. He serves on the board of Thrive by Five Washington, the state’s public-private partnership for early learning, and was its co-chair from 2006 until 2009.
Gates and his late wife, Mary Maxwell Gates, raised three children: Kristianne, Bill, and Libby. Now married to Mimi Gardner Gates, Gates continues his lifelong commitment to many civic programs, cultural organizations, and business initiatives.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
6:30 p.m. - Reception
7:30 p.m. - Dinner
The Four Seasons, Seattle
99 Union Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Sponsorships begin at $10,000
401 NE Ravenna Blvd, #151
Seattle, WA 98115