Gayle E.  Smith

CEO of ONE *

Gayle E. Smith is CEO of the ONE Campaign. She has served as a top advisor on international issues for three American presidents and is one of the world’s leading experts on global development and global health security. She brings an unparalleled expertise and an extraordinary network of relationships across the African continent and around the world. In 2021, Smith took on a temporary role at the request of the Secretary of State and served as US State Department’s Coordinator for Global COVID Response & Health Security, where she played a leading role in the US effort to end the global pandemic.

Prior to joining the ONE Campaign, Smith served as the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, where she led a staff of more than 10,000 people working to end extreme poverty, foster sustained and inclusive economic growth, and promote resilient, democratic societies all over the world. Smith had previously served as Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for Development and Democracy at the National Security Council, where she played a lead role in the response to the Ebola epidemic and presidential development initiatives including Power Africa and Feed the Future. Before her work at the NSC during the Obama Administration, Smith founded the Sustainable Security Program at the Center for American Progress and co-founded the ENOUGH project and the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network. She served as Special Assistant to President Clinton and Senior Director for African Affairs at the NSC in the late 1990s, and prior to that lived and worked in Africa for 20 years, working as a journalist and with NGOs. Smith is originally from Bexley, Ohio and earned a B.A. from the University of Colorado. Smith also won first place in the standing long jump in elementary school.

* Also serves on the ONE Action Board.

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Bobby Shriver

Co-founder, ONE & (RED)


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Co-founder, ONE and (RED)

The Rt Hon David Cameron

Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Dr. Jackie Chimhanzi

Chief Executive Officer, African Leadership Institute

Sir Mo Ibrahim

Chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Helene D. Gayle, M.D., MPH

President, Spelman College *

Jamie Drummond

Co-Founder, ONE & Founder, Sharing Strategies

Joe Cerrell

Managing Director, Global Policy & Advocacy, Europe, Middle East & East Asia, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

John Doerr

Chairman, Kleiner Perkins

Joshua Bolten

CEO, Business Roundtable *

Kelly Ayotte

Former United States Senator

Kevin Sheekey

Global Head of External Relations, Bloomberg LP

Lawrence H. Summers

Former Secretary of the Treasury of the United States

Mimi Alemayehou

Senior Vice President for Public-Private Partnerships, Mastercard Inc.

Morton H. Halperin

Chair, Executive Board, Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL) at the University of Pennsylvania*

Alexander Stubb

Director and Professor, School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute

Sheryl Sandberg

Founder of Lean IN

Susan A. Buffett

Chair, The Sherwood Foundation and the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation

Tom Freston

Board Chair, ONE, and Principal, Firefly3 *

* also serves on the ONE Action Board.

More Members of the Leadership Team

Adam Mayaki

Chief Financial Officer

Annie Schouw

Chief Development Officer

David McNair

Executive Director for Global Policy

Désiré Assogbavi

Francophone Africa Director

Dorine Nininahazwe

AU and East Africa Director

Elise Legault

Canada Director

Emily Wigens

EU Director

Jennifer Lotito

President and Chief Operating Officer, (RED)

John Spears

Chief Operating Officer

Kate Critchley

Executive Director, Communications and Content

Serah Makka

Africa Executive Director

Stanley Achonu

Nigeria Director

Stephan Exo-Kreischer

Germany Director

Suzanne Granville

North America Executive Director

Tamika Cummings

General Counsel

Tom Hart

President of ONE