Dr. Nicole Bates is a strategy expert with more than fifteen years of experience building and leveraging political networks to generate public and political support, policies and financing for global health and development priorities.
Dr. Bates serves as a Deputy Director for Multilateral Partnerships at the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation. Currently on assignment at UNICEF as a senior advisor in the Office of the Executive Director, Nicole is working closely with leadership to design and implement an approach to increase UNICEF’s global impact on child health, education and protection by harmonizing and strategically activating advocacy, communication, fundraising, public engagement and brand assets across the agency.
Nicole joined the Gates Foundation in 2008. She introduced the foundation’s first global advocacy strategy for vaccines and immunization. Over time, these strategies grew civil society presence in major political markets across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia; established cross-sectoral consensus through a global action plan for vaccines endorsed by 194 countries; and leveraged the foundation’s investments to secure more than $15 billion to improve child health in the world’s poorest countries. In addition to vaccine and polio eradication,Nicole’s portfolio has also covered broader child health issues including pneumonia, diarrheal disease and water/sanitation/hygiene.
Nicole’s previously worked in the U.S. Senate on domestic health and social policy for Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) and served as the Director for Government Relations at the Global Health Council. She began her career in the Chronic Disease Center at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a Presidential Management Fellow.
Nicole earned her doctoral and Master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill(health policy & leadership and public health, respectively). She completed her undergraduate work with high honors from the University of Virginia. She sits on international, national and local boards, is a regular guest speaker and serves as adjust/affiliate faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of Washington.