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?

Videos

Videos

By Roadtrip Nation

Robert Torres

Highlight
Now Playing
00:53
Robert Torres HighlightInterview Highlight
Now Playing
06:36
InterviewThe Interview
Now Playing
02:00
New QuestionsWeb Exclusive
Now Playing
01:38
A Good TeacherWeb Exclusive
Now Playing
00:54
MeditationWeb Exclusive
Now Playing
02:47
Learning ScientistWeb Exclusive
Now Playing
01:20
AdviceWeb Exclusive
Now Playing
Secret WeaponInterview Excerpt
Now Playing
01:17
Success IsInterview Excerpt
Now Playing
01:37
Getting InvolvedInterview Excerpt
Milestones

Milestones

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.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
English Language and Literature, General
Oberlin College
doctorate
Doctorate
Learning Sciences
New York University
Career

Career

Senior Program Officer

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

Career Roadmap

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

Hurdles

Hurdles

Challenges I Overcame

Financial