Jacob A. Gayle

by Edward Cates
Jacob A. Gayle
Vice President of Medtronic Philanthropy & President of Medtronic Foundation

Jacob A. Gayle is Vice President of Medtronic Philanthropy and President of Medtronic Foundation for Medtronic. In this role, Gayle has been leading the philanthropic and community affairs programs of Medtronic, Inc. since he joined the company in August 2011. Medtronic ‘s philanthropic efforts are centered on leveraging its people, products and programs to expand access to chronic disease care to underserved communities worldwide.


Gayle has a distinguished career in international public health and diplomacy that has spanned three decades and several of the world’s leading health, development and philanthropic institutions, including Deputy Vice President of the Ford Foundation, Senior Public Health Officer for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and various other health and social development roles.


Gayle serves Oberlin College as a member of its Board of Trustees, and he is a member of the Institute of Medicine Board on Global Health.


Gayle completed his Ph.D. in International/Community Health (Health Education) at The Ohio State University, where he also earned his Master of Arts in Community Health Education and Master’s in Science in Preventive Medicine. At Oberlin College, he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychobiology.

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