Jason Palmer

  • Gates Foundation

Jason Palmer is Deputy Director, Postsecondary Success at the Gates Foundation. He leads the foundation’s efforts to improve the postsecondary success of low-income students with innovations like online and blended learning, digital courseware, student coaching and advising systems, competency-based learning, guaranteed credit transfer, and employer pathways. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Palmer founded and grew three investor-backed technology and services companies before holding a series of executive positions at Microsoft, SchoolNet, Kaplan, and StraighterLine. At Microsoft Education, he was responsible for planning and launching the world’s first K12 learning management system for tablet-based education. At SchoolNet, he was responsible for helping establish assessment partnerships with Scantron, The Princeton Review, Kaplan and ETS. During his five years at Kaplan, Palmer led three education businesses, in addition to founding the company’s venture capital effort and serving as a board member to startups like Moodlerooms, iProf India, and StraighterLine. Immediately prior to the Gates Foundation, Palmer also worked as an entrepreneur-in-residence at New Markets Venture Partners, a leading education-focused VC. He holds a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and also serves on the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education Board.