Friends of the Global Fight Welcomes New Board Members Helene Gayle and Jonathan Orszag


Veteran Global Health Expert and Former Clinton Economic Advisor Join Leading Advocacy Organization

Washington, D.C., January 22, 2014 — Today, Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced the addition of two new members to its Board: Helene Gayle, President and CEO of CARE USA, a leading international humanitarian organization; and Jonathan Orszag, Senior Managing Director at the economic consulting firm Compass Lexecon. Their impressive skills will complement an already remarkable Board roster, providing vision, direction and support to the organization.

“I am so pleased to welcome Helene and Jon to our Board,” said Jonathan Klein, Friends’ Board Chair and Co-founder and CEO of Getty Images. “Today, scientific advancements and on-the-ground implementation experience make the defeat of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in our lifetime a real possibility. Their unique perspectives, knowledge and passion for global health will be invaluable as Friends works to ensure strong U.S. support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria — the world’s largest public health financier.”

About Dr. Helene Gayle
Named one of Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women,” Foreign Policy’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers,” and Newsweek’s top 10 “Women in Leadership,” Dr. Gayle has strengthened CARE’s focus on long-term impact, increased policy and advocacy efforts and deepened connections between poverty and the environment.

An expert on health, global development and humanitarian issues, Dr. Gayle spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control, served as the first director of the National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention, and achieved the rank of Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General in the U.S. Public Health Service. She also served as the AIDS coordinator and chief of the HIV/AIDS division for the U.S. Agency for International Development and directed the HIV, TB and Reproductive Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

About Mr. Jonathan Orszag
Prior to entering the private sector, Mr. Orszag served as the Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Director of the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, and as an Economic Policy Advisor on President Clinton’s National Economic Council.

He was named the youngest member of “the world’s 40 brightest young antitrust lawyers and economists” and one of the “Best Young Competition Economists” by the Global Competition Review and was honored with a leadership award by the Corporation for Enterprise Development.

In addition to his leading role at Compass Lexecon, Mr. Orszag is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and a Fellow at the University of Southern California’s Center for Communication Law & Policy. He has testified before Congress, U.S. and international courts, the European Court of First Instance and several domestic and international regulatory authorities.

“We are honored to have Dr. Gayle and Mr. Orszag join our Board. Their respective areas of expertise are extremely well-aligned with our organizational objectives,” said Deborah Derrick, President of Friends of the Global Fight. “With the Global Fund’s fourth pledging conference just completed, and as we continue a rolling, three-year resource mobilization effort, their contributions will undoubtedly help to further our mission.”

In addition to Mr. Klein, current Friends Board members include Natasha Bilimoria, Director of U.S. Strategy at GAVI; Barbara Bush, CEO and Co-founder of Global Health Corps; Peter Chernin, CEO of the Chernin Group; Susan Smith Ellis, Chief Marketing Officer at Morgan Stanley; Carolyn Everson, Vice President of Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook; Eric Kessler, Founder and Managing Director of Arabella Advisors and President of the New Venture Fund; George Lee, Co-head of the Global Technology, Media and Telecom Group in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs; and Michael Madnick, Senior Advisor for Global Philanthropy at CCS Fundraising. Edward W. Scott Jr. serves as Chairman Emeritus.

Friends of the Global Fight works to end the worldwide burden of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. We educate, engage and mobilize U.S. decision-makers to support the Global Fund, the world’s largest public health financier. For more information about Friends of the Global Fight, visit


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