Our Team

Jay Dessy

Strategy and Operations Manager, Breakthrough Energy Catalyst

Jay joined Gates Ventures, Bill Gates’s private office, in February 2019, where he has helped build programs across the growing Breakthrough Energy team. Jay is currently a Strategy and Operations Manager working on a new initiative to support the early deployment of climate technologies. In his current role, he helps develop Breakthrough Energy’s strategy and supports the organization’s operational growth. Jay works closely with corporate and government partners to fund the critical technologies we need to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

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 and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He focused his work on building new analytical tools to improve strategic planning and business operations for public sector clients.

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