Helene D. Gayle

by Justin Cates
Helene D. Gayle
President & Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Community Trust
Serves on Board of Directors for: The Coca-Cola Company, GoHealth, Organon & Co., Palo Alto Networks, Inc.

Helene D. Gayle is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Chicago Community Trust, a community foundation dedicated to improving the Chicago region through strategic grant-making, civic engagement and inspiring philanthropy.

Gayle has extensive experience leading complex, domestic and international organizations as well as risk oversight and governance expertise, having served as a director of private and public companies. She previously served as the CEO of the McKinsey Social Initiative and was president and CEO of CARE, a leading international humanitarian organization.

Gayle spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control, working primarily on HIV/AIDS. She worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, directing programs on HIV/AIDS and other global health issues.

Gayle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Barnard College, an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and an MPH from Johns Hopkins University.

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