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.

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Bobby Shriver

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Bono

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Co-founder, ONE and (RED)

David Cameron

Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Dr. Jackie Chimhanzi

Chief Executive Officer, African Leadership Institute

Dr. Mo Ibrahim

Chairman, Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Helene D. Gayle

President and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust *

Jamie Drummond

Co-founder, ONE

Joe Cerrell

Managing Director, Global Policy & Advocacy, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation *

John Doerr

Chairman, Kleiner Perkins

Joshua Bolten

President & CEO, Business Roundtable *

Kelly Ayotte

Former United States Senator

Kevin Sheekey

Global Head of Government Relations and Communications, Bloomberg L.P. Chairman, Bloomberg Government

Lawrence Summers

Former Secretary of the Treasury of the United States

Mimi Alemayehou

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

Morton H. Halperin

Senior Advisor, Open Society Foundations *

Professor Alexander Stubb

Director of the School of Transnational Governance

Sheryl Sandberg

Chief Operating Officer, Facebook

Susan A. Buffett

Chairwoman, The Sherwood Foundation and the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation

Tom Freston

Board Chair, ONE, and Principal, Firefly3 *

More Members of the Leadership Team

Colleen Connors

Chief Talent Officer

David McNair

Executive Director for Global Policy

Désiré Assogbavi

Francophone Africa Director

Dorine Nininahazwe

AU and East Africa Director

Edwin Ikhuoria

Africa Executive Director

Emily Wigens

EU Director

Jennifer Lotito

President and Chief Operating Officer, (RED)

John Spears

Chief of Staff and acting Chief Operating Officer

Kate Critchley

Executive Director, Communications and Content

Scott McDonald

Chief Development Officer

Serah Makka-Ugbabe

Executive Director, Engagement and Mobilisation

Stanley Achonu

Nigeria Director

Stephan Exo-Kreischer

Germany Director

Stuart Hickox

Canada Director

Suzanne Granville

Acting North America Executive Director

Tamika Cummings

General Counsel

Tim Cole

Executive Director, Europe

Tom Hart

President of ONE

* also serves on the ONE Action Board.