Gabrielle Fitzgerald is a global leader who believes that innovative approaches and catalytic coalitions are needed to solve the most challenging issues. Her focus is on designing and driving strategies that measurably impact people, organizations and countries.
For more than two decades, Gabrielle has led teams and collaborated with partners to spark global change. Most recently, she directed the $100 million Ebola Program at the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, investing in creative approaches to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Gabrielle previously served as the director of Global Program Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, running the team that advanced the policy and advocacy agenda for 14 global issue areas. She led efforts that raised $1.3 billion in funding from new philanthropists to solve global health problems, and oversaw the Global Vaccine Summit, held in Abu Dhabi in 2013, which secured $4 billion to end polio. Gabrielle also built a constituency of supporters and champions working towards a malaria-free world, and in 2014 she won the Gold Medallion award from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Communication Programs for her leadership on malaria.
Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Gabrielle led the public affairs strategy for HIV/AIDS at the U.S. Agency for International Development and served as the communications director for the U.S. Committee for Refugees. She started her career as a speechwriter for President Clinton at the White House.
She is actively involved in the governance of several organizations, including serving as Chair of the Washington Global Health Alliance Governance Board and the steering committee of Africa United, and is an expert in innovative philanthropy, global health diplomacy, and governance.
Gabrielle holds a masters of public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a bachelor of arts from American University in Washington, DC.