Helene Gayle

Helene Gayle

Director since


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Helene Gayle is currently the President and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust, an over-100-year-old civic organization currently dedicated to addressing the region’s racial and ethnic disparities.  Dr. Gayle formerly served as CEO of the McKinsey Social Initiative as well as President and CEO of the Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE).  Prior to her role at CARE, she held senior posts at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as well as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  In addition to her public health experience, Dr. Gayle has significant public company governance experience.  She currently serves as a Director on the boards of The Coca-Cola Company, where she chairs the Human Capital Management and Compensation Committee; the Colgate-Palmolive Company, where she chairs the Nominating, Governance and Corporate Responsibility Committee; as well as GoHealth, Inc., a newly public company listed in July 2020.  Dr. Gayle’s earned her undergraduate degree from Barnard College, her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her master’s degree in Public Health from The Johns Hopkins University.