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Jason Hunke

Director, Executive and Employee Communications, Office of the CEO at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Best career advice you ever got?

Say yes, then figure it out later.

Favorite thing about your job?

Telling powerful stories about meaningful work.

If you weren’t doing this, what job would you have?

Working in Hollywood. Or traveling.

What’s something work-related that keeps you up at night?

How to reduce complexity.

Most memorable Communications Network experience?

My first ComNet in Detroit.

Your most overused word or phrase?


Best thing you’ve read/watched/listened to recently?

Lily and the Octopus.

Guilty pleasure?

Video games and dirty martinis.

How do you define success?

Solving a problem, making something better, or making someone laugh.

Most important thing you’ve learned in the last five years?

What to, and not to, settle for.

What are you most interested in learning from your colleagues in The Network — and what could folks learn from you?

Bringing more human storytelling to work that is ultimately about humanity but requires a data lens and that as funders we are often further away from then we realize (or admit).

How has The Network been helpful to your work/your career? And why?

Meeting my peers and realizing that we face many of the same challenges regardless of our organization’s size or focus.


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