Alexander S. Friedman
Chief Financial Officer

Alexander S. Friedman is chief financial officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Friedman oversees financial functions, strategy, facilities, real estate, security, travel, and helps lead impact assessment and improvement efforts. 

Before joining the foundation in 2007, Friedman worked as an investment banker with Lazard, the international investment bank. Prior, he led corporate development at Medarex, a publicly held biotechnology company. He also served as a White House fellow and as an assistant to the secretary of defense for special projects in the Clinton Administration. 

Friedman holds a Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School, a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia Business School, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served on the  board of several non-profit organizations, including NetAid and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

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