Stonesifer, Patricia Q. (1956-)

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  • Committees/Roles: Chair, Board of Regents, 9/2008-1/2012; Vice-Chair, 1/2012-1/2013. This is a newly created role, in response to governance issues during the previous seven years. Chair, Nominating Committee; Audit and Review Committee; ad hoc Committee on Facilities Renovation; ad hoc Committee on Board of Regents Governance
  • Occupation: Foundation executive
  • Number of Terms: 2
  • Biography: Patricia Q. (Patty) Stonesifer of Washington was the chief executive officer of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the nation's largest philanthropic organization from January 2006 to January 2008. She previously worked at Microsoft Corp. from 1988-1997, including serving as senior vice president, where she launched its cable TV and Internet news ventures, MSNBC and MSN. Ms. Stonesifer has served as a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS and currently is on the boards of DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa),, and The Seattle Foundation.


  • Stonesifer, Patricia Q 1956-
  • Board of Regents
  • Citizen Regent
  • Board of Regents Ad hoc committees
  • Board of Regents Nominating Committee
  • Board of Regents Committee on Compensation and Human Resources
  • Board of Regents Audit and Review Committee
  • Board of Regents Chair


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  • 115 Stat. 973 (2001)
  • P.L. 107-101, S.J. Res. 26
  • S.J. Res. 8 (2007)


Newsmakers. The people behind today's headlines. 1997 Cumulation. Detroit: Gale Research, 1998; Who's Who of American Women. 20th edition, 1997-1998. New Providence, NJ: Marquis Who's Who, 1996.

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Regent Tenure: 12/21/2001-1/2013


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