Jake Kendall is deputy director, research and innovation, in the Financial Services for the Poor initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Previous to joining the foundation, he spent time as a researcher with the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) housed in the World Bank. Jake holds a Ph.D. in economics from UC Santa Cruz and a bachelor's degree in physics from MIT. Just after graduating from MIT he volunteered for two years in Zambia as a fisheries extension agent with the U.S. Peace Corps. Jake has also worked as a brand analyst for a major advertising firm, a technical salesperson for two high-tech startups and, throughout his youth, a salmon fisherman in Alaska.
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