Dr. Bish Paul

Senior Policy Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr. Biswajit (“Bish”) Paul is a scientist and civil-rights advocate who has dedicated his career to advancing equity and social justice. He currently serves as the policy lead for Washington State, where he invests in quality early learning, K-12, and postsecondary programs and policies in both district and public charter schools. Bish’s passion for equity and social justice is rooted in his intersectional lived experiences as a queer, person of color, first generation college student, from a low-income, immigrant household. Throughout his career, he has straddled legislative advocacy, policymaking, research analytics, education reform, and community activism, all in service of rewriting inequitable laws. Previously, he founded and led the statewide Washington STEM Advocacy Coalition, catalyzed cross-industry collaboration as the Global Head of DEI at Snap Inc., served in the California State legislature, and managed 50-states tech policy for a trade association. Bish has Bachelors and Doctoral degrees in Cell Molecular biology from the University of Washington. In his dissertation, Bish successfully demonstrated that Genome Editing can be used to engineer T-cells in the immune system so that they become resistant to HIV entry.

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