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“Gabrielle is one of the most generous mentors of young and upcoming talent I’ve ever seen. She leads teams very effectively, challenging them to grow and learn, while giving them opportunities and guidance. She has a genuine commitment to listening and building consensus while also encouraging initiative and innovation. We all know how important this kind of management is today; she really delivers it.”
– Kathy Calvin, CEO, UN Foundation
“Gabrielle not only understands how to approach large and complex problems, she knows how to describe them – clearly and concisely – and always with an eye toward turning the challenges of today into the solutions of tomorrow … A valued ally and advocate in the effort to meet our world’s most urgent needs.”
– Jeff Pineo, President, Medical Teams International
Gabrielle Fitzgerald is an executive in the philanthropic and global health fields, with over 20 years of experience leading organizations and partnering with leaders to make global change.
Most recently, Gabrielle served as the Director of the Ebola Program at the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, where she was responsible for overseeing and programming Paul Allen’s $100m commitment to Ebola. In this role, Gabrielle incubated and led a team that catalyzed innovative and creative solutions to tackle the current outbreak and prevent the spread of Ebola across the continent and the world. This included leading Paul Allen’s efforts in hosting the Ebola Innovation Summit, a global convening that brought together traditional and new stakeholders and sectors to discuss ways to bridge the innovation gaps that stand in the way of getting to zero Ebola cases and improving health systems globally.
Gabrielle previously served as the Director of Global Program Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, overseeing the team that advanced the policy and advocacy agenda for the Gates Foundation’s 14 global issue areas. In this role, Gabrielle led efforts that raised $1.3b in funding from new philanthropists to solve global health problems, and oversaw the Global Vaccine Summit, held in Abu Dhabi in 2013, which brought together global leaders and stakeholders who committed $4b to delivering a polio free world by 2018. She was also the Gates Foundation’s initial relationship manager for the World Health Organization, building a strategic relationship between the two organizations’ leadership and providing oversight for the $1b in grants to WHO.
During Gabrielle’s tenure at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she spearheaded efforts to put malaria on the global agenda, and built a constituency of supporters and champions working towards a malaria free world. Gabrielle oversaw the Global Malaria Summit in 2007, where Bill & Melinda Gates called for the eradication of Malaria, and led the creation of the United Against Malaria campaign, which won PR Week’s Global Campaign of the Year in 2014. For Gabrielle’s leadership on Malaria, in April of 2014, she was awarded the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Communication Programs (JHU∙CCP) Gold Medallion award.
Prior to joining the foundation, Gabrielle spent five years at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), leading the public affairs strategy for the world’s largest funder of HIV/AIDS programs. Previously, she served as the communications director for the U.S. Committee for Refugees. Gabrielle started her career as a speechwriter for President Clinton at The White House.
Gabrielle is actively involved in the governance of several organizations, and currently serves on the board of Joe’s House, steering committee of Africa United, and a member of the Advisory Group on Reform of WHO’s work in Outbreaks and Emergencies with Health and Humanitarian Consequences. She previously served as a member of the Finance Planning Committee for the Institute of Medicine’s Global Health Risk Framework Commission, an advisory committee member of the New Venture Fund, board member for Shefa Fund, and founding board member for Malaria No More and Friends of the Global Fight.
Gabrielle holds a Master of Public Administration from The Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Arts from American University in Washington DC.