SEATTLE, United States — Tracy Johnson, senior program officer for user experience and innovation at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, gets mixed reactions when she makes the rounds from team to team.
“I will say there are meetings I go into where people’s faces fall and they think, ‘Oh my God, she’s back. We wish she would go away. We don’t understand her,’” she told Devex at the Seattle headquarters of the largest foundation in the world. “That is changing, and more and more I’m met with smiles, and they think, ‘Okay, Tracy is going to ask about this issue and get us to think from a different perspective and perhaps come up with some different ideas as a result.’”