Este currently serves as the Managing Director of The Hamilton Project in the Economic Studies division at The Brookings Institution. She most recently led communications and advocacy for the pathways, data, and early learning strategies at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She has years of professional experience in state and national campaigns, non-profits and government. Prior to her time at Gates, Este served as chief of staff at the media watchdog, Media Matters for America, during an election cycle where MMA played a prominent role through its research and advocacy efforts. Este served her community as Chief of Staff to the Director of the Washington, DC Department of Employment Services in Mayor Adrian Fenty’s administration. She also held roles as campaign manager on a targeted congressional race in southern Ohio in 2008, senior staff on Martin O’Malley’s successful 2006 gubernatorial campaign and on Chris Dodd’s 2008 presidential campaign. Este holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.