Our Team Jennifer Maes Manager, Executive Office

Jennifer joined Gates Ventures, Bill Gates’s private office, in 2019, where she provided programmatic and administrative support to the Managing Director and Advocacy and Government Relations team. She continues to support Jonah Goldman, now Managing Director of Breakthrough Energy.

In this role, she manages direction from Jonah, the senior leadership team, and programmatic leads to ensure goals and projects are executed accurately. Additionally, she manages Breakthrough Energy’s growing Executive Business Administrator team.

Prior to joining Gates Ventures and Breakthrough Energy, Jennifer worked in Minnesota politics for a decade. She served as Senior Advisor to Speaker Melissa Hortman and as Assistant Chief of Staff to Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith. She worked on several local and state-wide campaigns, including with Minnesota’s prominent political action committee, WIN Minnesota.

Jennifer holds a B.A. in Political Science and Central Asian Studies from the University of Minnesota. A former Minneapolitan now Seattleite, she enjoys the rain over snow and hopping on her e-bike. In her free time, she volunteers (virtually) as a high school policy debate judge and loves waking up early to watch the English Premier League with her partner Mepuka.