Dr. Helene D. Gayle
Helene D. Gayle is CEO of McKinsey Social Initiative, a nonprofit organization that
implements programs that bring together varied stakeholders to address complex global
social challenges. Previously, she was president and CEO of CARE USA, a leading
international humanitarian organization. An expert on global development, humanitarian,
and health issues, she spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control, working
primarily on HIV/AIDS. Dr. Gayle then worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,
directing programs on HIV/AIDS and other global health issues.
Dr. Gayle serves on public company and non-profit boards including: The Coca-Cola
Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Center for
Strategic and International Studies, the New America Foundation, the ONE Campaign,
and the Atlanta Metro Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, she serves on the President's
Commission on White House Fellowships. She is a member of the Council on Foreign
Relations, the American Public Health Association, the Institute of Medicine, and the
American Academy of Pediatrics.
Named one of Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women,” she has authored numerous articles
on global and domestic public health issues, poverty alleviation, gender equality, and
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. She has received 13 honorary degrees and holds faculty
appointments at the University of Washington and Emory University.