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December 22, 2013
Patty Stonesifer
Martha's Table President & CEO
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Patty Stonesifer was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University where she majored in journalism. She joined Microsoft and worked there until 1997. She departed as senior vice president of consumer and interactive products. In 1997 she became co-chair and CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2010, she was appointed by President Obama to chair the White House Council for Community Solutions. She served as chair of the Smithsonian Board of Regents and is currently a board member. She joined Martha’s Table April 1, 2013. She lives in Washington with her husband, Michael Kinsley and has two children.

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Info: Our guest is Patty Stonesifer, the President and CEO of Martha’s Table. She discusses her role as the leader of the Washington, DC based nonprofit organization. She came to the job in April, 2013 and describes Martha’s Table as a community based charity which provides food, clothing and early childhood education support throughout the greater District of Columbia area. She points out that over 30,000 children in Washington, DC live with the constant possibility of hunger in their lives on any given day. She talks about her early years working at Microsoft in Seattle, where she made “more many than I ever dreamed,” and her subsequent years as the chief executive officer of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She talks about the harsh impact of recent cuts to government hunger assistance programs such as the USDA’s supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP). In addition, she talks about being a board member of the Smithsonian’s National Museum for African American History and Culture, slated to open in 2015. She also describes how she met her husband, Slate founding editor and columnist Michael Kinsley during his interview process with Microsoft.

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