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March 19: Helene Gayle
Helene Gayle; President and CEO of CARE USA Born in: Buffalo, New York Education: Barnard College (B.A.), University of Pennsylvania (M.D.) and Johns Hopkins University (M.P.H.) Previous jobs: 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control and director of the HIV, TB and Reproductive Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Helene D. Gayle is president and CEO of CARE USA. An expert on health, global development and humanitarian issues, she spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control, working primarily on 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 humanitarian organizations, with programs in nearly 70 countries to end poverty.

Dr. Gayle has been appointed by the Obama Administration to serve as chair of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, and on the President's Commission on White House Fellowships. Named one of Foreign Policy magazine's "Top 100 Global Thinkers," Newsweek's top 10 "Women in Leadership" and the Wall Street Journal's "50 Women to Watch," as well as one of the "100 Most Influential Atlantans" and the "100 Most Influential Georgians," Dr. Gayle has published numerous scientific articles and been featured by media outlets like the New York Times, Washington Post, ForbesWoman, Glamour, O magazine, National Public Radio and CNN.

Dr. Gayle was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. She earned a B.A. in psychology at Barnard College, an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Gayle serves on several boards, including the Center for Strategic and International Studies, ONE, the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Institute of Medicine. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bretton Woods Committee and the American Public Health Association.