Melinda French Gates is staying visible with a Washington swing this week to visit White House and Hill officials to discuss issues important to her, especially paid leave, advisers tell me.
Driving the news: French Gates met at the White House yesterday with Chief of Staff Ron Klain and Domestic Policy Adviser Susan Rice, among other senior administration officials.
- French Gates and her organization, Pivotal Ventures, have been longtime advocates for policies that are part of President Biden's infrastructure proposal, including paid leave and child care.
- French Gatesis expected to meet with senators on Capitol Hill this morning, including Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, the philanthropist's home state.
Zoom out: Last week, French Gates joined the Democratic Women’s Caucus to virtually kick off a meeting with remarks focused on caregiving, paid leave, and women’s economic empowerment.