Dr, Helene Gayle

Helene D. Gayle

Chief Executive Officer
The Chicago Community Trust

Dr. Gayle has been a director of The Coca-Cola Company since 2013. Dr. Gayle is 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, and has held this position since October 2017.  Dr. Gayle held the position of Chief Executive Officer of McKinsey Social Initiative, an independent non-profit organization founded by McKinsey & Company, which brings together expert problem solvers to develop innovative approaches to complex social challenges, from July 2015 to September 2017. She held the positions of President and Chief Executive Officer of CARE USA, a leading international humanitarian organization, from 2006 to 2015. From 2001 to 2006, she served as program director in the Global Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Gayle started her 20-year career in public health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) in 1984 where she held various positions, ultimately becoming the director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention in 1995. She is also a Director of Colgate-Palmolive Company.