Dan Greenstein

Former Director, Postsecondary Success at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Dr. Daniel Greenstein, former director of Education, Postsecondary Success in the United States Program, oversaw work to substantially increase the number of students who acquire a postsecondary degree or certificate.

Before joining the foundation, Greenstein was Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Programs at the University of California Office of the President. In that role, he oversaw system-wide academic planning and programs (including the University of California Press, the California Digital Library, the University’s Education Abroad Program, internship programs in Washington D.C. and Sacramento, and UC Online Education).

Greenstein has led, in some cases founded, several internet-based academic information services in the U.S and the United Kingdom, and served on boards and acted in strategic consulting roles for educational, cultural heritage, and information organizations.

He holds degrees from the Universities of Oxford (DPhil) and Pennsylvania (MA, BA) and began his professional life as a senior lecturer in Modern History at Glasgow University. His current fascination is with strategies for sustainably increasing the number of students that acquire a postsecondary degree or certificate and eliminating yawning opportunity gaps in higher education.