Jeremy Derfner

Founder at Derfner and Sons

Prior to starting the writing agency Derfner & Sons, Inc. in 2014, Jeremy Derfner served as the head of speech writing at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For nine years, he worked side-by-side with Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, and other leaders of the foundation to advise on communications strategy and help write everything from speeches and op-eds to blogs and tweets. Jeremy started his writing career in journalism at, where he learned his craft under the legendary Michael Kinsley. Jeremy holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from Columbia University, where he spent four years as a Richard Hofstadter Fellow in the History Department.

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