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University of Washington School of Public Health

Graduation Celebration 2015

Susan Desmond-Hellman


2015 Graduation Speaker:
Sue Desmond-Hellmann


Since May 2014, Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann has served as CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, setting its priorities, monitoring results, and facilitating its key partnerships. Prior to the foundation, she was Chancellor of the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), where she continues to hold a tenured appointment as the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor in the School of Medicine.

Before joining the UCSF faculty, Dr. Desmond-Hellmann spent 14 years at Genentech, where she held a number of roles before becoming its President of Product Development. Her career has been shaped by her commitment to medicine, public health, and education.