Helene D. Gayle

President and chief executive officer, CARE USA

Helene D. Gayle

Helene D. Gayle

Helene D. Gayle joined CARE USA as president and CEO in 2006.

Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Dr. Gayle holds a B.A. from Barnard College of Columbia University, an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master of public health (M.P.H.) from Johns Hopkins University.

After completing a residency in pediatric medicine at the Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Gayle entered the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, followed by a residency in preventive medicine, and then remained at CDC as a staff epidemiologist.

At CDC, she studied problems of malnutrition in children in the United States and abroad, evaluating and implementing child survival programs in Africa and working on HIV/AIDS research, programs, and policy. She also served as AIDS coordinator and chief of the HIV/AIDS division for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); director of CDC’s National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention; CDC Washington office director; and consultant to international agencies including the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, UNICEF, the World Bank, and the World Health Organization.

After CDC, she worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, directing the HIV, TB, and reproductive health program.

Gayle serves on public company and nonprofit boards, including The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the New America Foundation, and the ONE Campaign. She serves on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships and the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board, and 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 by Forbes to its list of the world’s 100 most powerful women, Gayle has published numerous scientific articles on HIV/AIDS and other public health issues. She has received 13 honorary degrees and holds faculty appointments at the University of Washington and Emory University.