Nicole Bates is a Deputy Director for Multilateral Partnerships at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Currently on assignment at UNICEF as a senior advisor in the Office of the Executive Director, Nicole is working closely with leadership on an initiative to increase UNICEF’s impact for children by harmonizing and strategically activating advocacy, communication, fundraising, public engagement and brand assets across the agency.
Dr. Bates joined the Gates Foundation in 2008. She introduced the foundation’s first global advocacy strategy for vaccines and immunization. Over time, these strategies grew civil society presence in major political markets across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia; established cross-sectoral consensus through a global action plan for vaccines; and leveraged the foundation’s investments to secure more than $15 billion to improve child health in the world’s poorest countries. Bates’ portfolio has also covered broader child health issues including pneumonia, diarrheal disease and water/sanitation/hygiene.
Bates previously worked in the U.S. Senate on domestic health and social issues for Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and served as the Director for Government Relations at the Global Health Council. She began her career in the Chronic Disease Center at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a Presidential Management Fellow.
Bates earned a doctorate and Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her undergraduate work with high honors from the University of Virginia. She sits on a number of international, national and local boards, is a regular guest speaker and serves as adjust/affiliate faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of Washington.