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CARE: Bringing the World to Atlanta[ X ]
Helene D. Gayle
Helene D. Gayle is president and CEO of CARE USA, a leading
international humanitarian organization with approximately 10,000 staff
whose poverty fighting programs reached 122 million people last year in
84 countries. Since joining CARE in 2006, Dr. Gayle has led efforts to
reinforce CARE’s commitment to empowering girls and women to bring
lasting change to poor communities. Under her leadership, CARE has
strengthened its focus on long term impact, increased policy and advocacy
efforts and deepened connections between poverty and the environment.
Gayle has leveraged the power of CARE’s corporate and NGO partners to
significantly expand CARE’s reach across the globe.
An expert on health, global development and humanitarian issues, she spent 20 years with the
Centers for Disease Control (CDC), focused primarily on combating HIV/AIDS. She was
appointed as the first director of the National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention, and
achieved the rank of Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General in the U.S. Public Health
Service. Dr. Gayle also served as the AIDS coordinator and chief of the HIV/AIDS division for
the U.S. Agency for International Development. Dr. Gayle then directed the HIV, TB and
Reproductive Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, directing programs on
HIV/AIDS and other global health issues.
Dr. Gayle serves on several boards, including the Center for Strategic and International Studies,
the Rockefeller Foundation, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Harvard Business School Social
Enterprise Initiative, and ONE. In addition, she currently serves on the President's Commission
on White House Fellowships and the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board.
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,” Foreign Policy magazine's "Top 100
Global Thinkers," and Newsweek's top 10 "Women in Leadership," she has been featured by
media outlets as diverse as the New York Times, Washington Post, ForbesWoman, Glamour, O
Magazine, National Public Radio, CNN and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Dr. Gayle was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. She earned a B.A. in psychology at Barnard
College, an M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.P.H. at Johns Hopkins University.
She is board certified in pediatrics.
Her contributions have been honored with awards from Columbia University, Barnard College,
Spelman College, Bryn Mawr College, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, the U.S.
Public Health Service and AARP, among others. She has received numerous honorary degrees
and holds faculty appointments at the University of Washington and Emory University.