Helene D. Gayle

President & CEO,
CARE USA

Helene D. Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA, is an internationally recognized expert on health, global development and humanitarian issues. Dr. Gayle spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control, focused primarily on combating HIV/AIDS. Dr. Gayle then directed the HIV, TB and Reproductive Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. At CARE, she heads one of the world’s premier international humanitarian organizations, with programs in more than 70 countries to end poverty.

Named one of Newsweek’s top 10 “Women in Leadership” in October 2008 and the Wall Street Journal’s “50 Women to Watch” in 2006, Dr. Gayle has published numerous scientific articles and have been featured in media outlets as diverse as the New York Times, Washington Post, Glamour, O magazine, Ebony, Essence, the Financial Times, National Public Radio and CNN.

Dr. Gayle earned a BA in psychology at Barnard College, a MD from the University of Pennsylvania and a MPH from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Gayle serves on several boards, including the Center for Strategic and International Studies, ONE, the American Museum of Natural History, the Institute of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University.