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As president of the United States Program for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Allan Golston leads the efforts to increase access to opportunities for low-income and disadvantaged Americans. He oversees the U.S. Program's major areas of strategy-education, libraries, the Pacific Northwest, special initiatives, and advocacy. Allan, who joined the Foundation in 1999, most recently served as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer. Prior to this, he worked in healthcare for the Swedish Health System in Seattle and the University of Colorado Health System in Denver where he held senior financial roles overseeing areas including corporate finance, treasury, financial planning and accounting. Allan also worked for MIS, Inc.-a software development and consulting company; KPMG-where he became a licensed certified public accountant, and the Community College of Denver-where he taught as an adjunct faculty member. He is active in the community and serves on the boards of numerous regional, national, and global organizations (for-profit and non-profit) including Seattle University, University of Washington Medicine, and Stryker Corporation. Allan holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from Seattle University and a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Colorado. He is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.