Jennifer Deger, Director of Finance & Global Controller, leads the Global Financial & Accounting Services team which reports to the CFO as part of the Finance & Strategy Group of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Her team is responsible for grant and vendor disbursements, financial reporting, payroll, tax compliance, cash flow planning, employee expense administration and internal controls. Jennifer’s team manages the annual financial statement audits, tax returns, and general ledger accounting for the Foundation and the Trust as well as for the foundation’s international offices.
Prior to joining the foundation in 2006, Jennifer worked in various roles including public accounting where she specialized in tax exempt organizations and in local government managing the operations of the treasury and tax functions.
Jennifer received her MBA from Seattle University and her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Gonzaga University. She is also a CPA. Jennifer volunteers with local charities.