Robert Torres

Robert Torres

Senior Program Officer

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

New York, NY USA

The first question has always been: How can I have the biggest impact?


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Robert Torres


My road in life has been direct.
Grew up in the projects in deep poverty.
His siblings started doing drugs from a young age because they were widely available in his neighborhood.
Made it through high school, went to Oberlin College, but still didn't know what he wanted to do with his life.
Moved to Oakland to do Teach For America, saw many poor Hispanic families, similar to his own.
Realized that his problems were universal, decided he wanted to work with low-income children.
Calls his impoverished background his "secret weapon."
Believes that ultimate success means being a free person, having a completely open mind.
Feels he's successful because his job lets him collaborate with creative people, think outside of the box.
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Senior Program Officer

I lead digital media and college readiness work for the Gates Foundation, focusing on games and learning.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People


Challenges I Overcame