Dr. Gayle is in her current role since 2017. She previously served as CEO of the McKinsey Social Initiative, and was president and CEO of CARE for nine years.She spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control, working primarily on HIV/AIDS, and held senior positions with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation working on global health issues. She currently serves on the boards of GoHealth, The Coca-Cola Company and Colgate-Palmolive
Helene D. Gayle was also formerly president and CEO of CARE USA. An expert on health, global development and humanitarian issues, she spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control, working primarily on HIV/AIDS. Dr. Gayle then directed the HIV, TB and Reproductive Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. At CARE, she heads one of the world’s premier humanitarian organizations, with programs in nearly 70 countries to end poverty.
Dr. Gayle has been appointed by the Obama Administration to serve as chair of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, and on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. Named one of Foreign Policy magazine’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers,” Newsweek’s top 10 “Women in Leadership” and the Wall Street Journal’s “50 Women to Watch,” as well as one of the “100 Most Influential Atlantans” and the “100 Most Influential Georgians,”
Dr. Gayle was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. She earned a B.A. in psychology at Barnard College, an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Gayle serves on several boards, including the Center for Strategic and International Studies, ONE, the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Institute of Medicine. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bretton Woods Committee and the American Public Health Association.