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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Dr. Helene D. Gayle

President and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust

Dr. Helene D. Gayle

Helene D. Gayle is President and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, one of the nation’s leading community foundations. The Trust works with donors, nonprofits, community leaders and residents to lead and inspire philanthropic efforts that improve the quality of life in the Chicago region.


Previously, Dr. Gayle was CEO of McKinsey Social Initiative (now, a nonprofit that builds partnerships for social impact. For almost a decade, she was President and CEO of CARE, a leading international humanitarian organization. An expert on global development, humanitarian and health issues, Dr. Gayle spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control, working primarily on HIV/AIDS. She also worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, directing programs on HIV/AIDS and other global health issues.


Dr. Gayle serves on public company and non-profit boards including The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, the Rockefeller Foundation, Brookings Institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, New America, the ONE Campaign, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Economic Club of Chicago. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Public Health Association, the National Academy of Medicine, the National Medical Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Named one of Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women,” and one of NonProfit Times’ “Power and Influence Top 50”, she has authored numerous articles on global and domestic public health issues, poverty alleviation, gender equality and social justice.

Dr. Helene D. Gayle