Our Team

Jay Dessy

Director, Strategy and Operations, BE Catalyst

Jay joined Gates Ventures, Bill Gates’s private office, in February 2019 to support the scale up of the growing Breakthrough Energy team. He has helped launched new efforts and initiatives at BE, including the policy & advocacy and Catalyst programs. Since 2021, Jay has led Catalyst’s Strategy & Operations team, where he supports program strategy, project selection and funding, and operational growth. Jay works closely with Catalyst’s corporate and government partners to fund the critical technologies we need to reach net zero emissions.

Prior to Gates Ventures, Jay worked at Deloitte Consulting in the Strategy and Analytics practice, where he served clients across various agencies in the U.S. federal government including the Department of Energy, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Department of Defense. He focused his work on building new analytical tools to improve strategic planning and business operations for the public sector.

Jay holds a B.A in Geosciences from Princeton University, where he studied climate science and adaptation to extreme weather events. He currently lives in Washington D.C. Outside of work, he enjoys running, hiking, and skiing.