Senior Program Officier, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Sharren Bates co-leads the Gates Foundation's work on data and content interoperability, building on the success of the widespread state adoption of the Common Core State Standards. She has worked at the intersection of education policy and technology for the past five years in federal and district roles. Most recently, she spent time at the FCC working on the education chapter of the National Broadband Plan. Previously, she led the ARIS team at the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), where she launched an integrated data reporting and collaboration system for the city's 90,000 teachers and 800,000 parents. Before joining the NYCDOE, Sharren spent 10 years leading product and project management teams building online solutions for companies like Verizon, KPMG and The Grow Network/McGraw Hill.