Hilary Pennington

  • The New America Foundation

Hilary Pennington is director of The Generations Initiative, a project funded by national foundations to develop effective responses to the challenges and opportunities of the dramatic demographic shifts occurring in the United States. From 2006 to 2012, she served as Director of Education, Postsecondary Success & Special Initiatives for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Before joining the foundation, she served as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, and for 22 years before that was president and CEO of Jobs for the Future, a research and policy development organization she co-founded that focuses on issues of education, youth transitions, workforce development, and future work requirements. Hilary also currently consults with the Next American University Project, an initiative of the New America Foundation. She served on President Clinton’s first transition team, and as co-chair of President Clinton’s Presidential Advisory Committee on Technology. She currently serves on the boards of the Noyce Foundation and Capella Education Company. Hilary earned her MBA at the Yale School of Management. She also earned a graduate degree in Social Anthropology from Oxford University and an M.A. in Theological Studies from the Episcopal Divinity School.