Bill Gates is Associate General Counsel & Director of Distribution for PING, a Phoenix-based golf equipment manufacturer. Prior to working for PING in 2001, Supervisor Gates was an associate at the firm of Fennemore Craig, practicing commercial litigation with an emphasis in property tax litigation. He was appointed by Governor Brewer to the Municipal Tax Code Commission and the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council. He also served as a member of Governor Ducey’s Transition Team.
Bill Gates served on the Phoenix City Council representing District 3 from June, 2009 through May, 2016. Gates also served as Vice Mayor of Phoenix from January 2013 to February 2014. Supervisor Gates has represented District 3 on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors since 2017 and was elected Chairman of the Board by his colleagues in 2019.
Gates has served in a variety of capacities with nonprofit and community organizations such as Valley Leadership, the Phoenix Symphony, INROADS, American Legion Boys State, the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar, Disabled Sports USA and the Federal Communications Commission’s Intergovernmental Advisory Committee. He is currently a Board Member for the Foundation for Blind Children, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the Arizona Workforce Council and Vitalant, the second largest blood bank in the United States.
The Phoenix Business Journal honored him in 2010 with a Forty under 40 Award, which recognizes prominent young leaders in various industries in metropolitan Phoenix. In 2012, the Arizona School of Public Relations Association presented him with the Award of Excellence for his contributions to public education and he received the Sentinel Award from the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce in recognition for his work to improve Arizona’s business climate.
Gates is a graduate of Deer Valley High School in Glendale, Arizona. He attended Drake University where he received his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics in 1993 and he graduated from Harvard Law School in 1996. Supervisor Gates is married and has three teenage daughters. Bill Gates is a Republican.