Chicago Community Trust CEO Helene Gayle Named Spelm’s Next President – BOTWC

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She wants to participate in the formation of young black women!

Chicago Community Trust CEO resigns to become president of Spelman College, WBEZ Chicago reports.

The Trust is an organization that was established more than 100 years ago to bring together private donors, non-profit organizations and local residents under a single philanthropic arm. Today, it is one of the largest foundations in the world and is headed by CEO Helene Gayle. Gayle is a public health physician and disease expert who joined the organization in 2017, having previously served as head of the international humanitarian organization CARE and served twenty years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention working on HIV. /AIDS before that.

During his tenure, Gayle has increased the Trust’s assets from about $2.8 billion to $4.7 billion. As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the nation, Gayle mobilized a response within days, managing a relief fund for Chicagoans that proved invaluable. He also spearheaded $1.7 billion in grants through the Trust and its donor-advised programs, which also led the foundation to adopt a 10-year strategic plan to address wealth inequality in the area, create a new policy team, and transform the way it handles grant making. .

Now, Gayle has announced that she will step down as CEO in June to lead the illustrious Spelman College. While it was unexpected, Gayle said she couldn’t miss “the opportunity to continue the legacy of shaping the lives of young women of African descent, many of whom have had illustrious careers.”

Initially, she thought her work at the Trust would be her last job and she is grateful to the city of Chicago and everyone at the Trust who helped make her time there a success. She particularly highlighted the building of effective coalitions in the city that brought about an expansion of the Illinois Earned Income Tax Credit and a cap on payday loans. Commitment to community is something Gayle said she’s never seen in another city, and hopefully now she can bring that same spirit to Atlanta’s beloved Spelman.

“Chicago received me very warmly. This was a city that bleeds Chicago and cares about its neighbors. And while this is a city that is still deeply divided, there really is a sense of deep care for the city. It has an incredible civic footprint, a civic community that comes together in ways that I have never seen in any of the cities,” Gayle said.

Congratulations, President Gayle! I wish you all the best in your next position.

Photo courtesy of The Chicago Community Trust

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