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October 2017

Theresa Fay-Bustillos

The Blue Shield of California Foundation is thrilled to welcome Theresa Fay-Bustillos as its newest team member. Ms. Fay-Bustillos officially joined the staff as Chief Program Director on August 21st and is helping to lead the foundation as it continues working toward its mission and search for new solutions that uplift the Californians who struggle most.

Ms. Fay-Busyillos replaces Brenda Solórzano, who recently became the first CEO of Headwaters Health Foundation in Missoula, Montana. In her role, she will manage the strategy and design of foundation programs and grantmaking activities and will contribute to organizational learning and evaluation.

She comes to the foundation not only with an impressive resume, a thoughtful perspective, and years of experience in the philanthropic and nonprofit fields—she also brings a unique drive and determination to advance equity and make a difference for others.

While the United States remains in a state of social and political uncertainty – one that threatens the well-being of its communities – the foundation must adapt, rework, and rethink the way in which it gives to ensure that it’s doing all that it can to support those facing adversity and ensure equity, safety, and possibility for every Californian. As it responds to these challenges, its leadership is encouraged that Ms. Fay-Bustillos will be here to help navigate the road ahead.

Contact: Christine Maulhardt
Phone: 415.229.6145

Helene Gayle

The Chicago Community Trust selected Dr. Helene Gayle as its new CEO, succeeding Terry Mazany, who stepped down at the end of September. Dr. Gayle will become just the seventh leader in the 102-year history of the community foundation.

Prior to her appointment to lead the Trust, Dr. Gayle served as CEO of the McKinsey Social Initiative, an independent nonprofit organization founded by McKinsey & Company to develop innovative approaches to global social challenges.

Previously, Dr. Gayle served as President and CEO of CARE USA, one of the leading international humanitarian and development organizations. An expert on global development, humanitarian, and public health issues, she spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Gayle then worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, directing programs on HIV/AIDS and other global health issues.

Dr. Gayle serves on public company and many nonprofit boards, including: The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Brookings Institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, New America, and the ONE Campaign. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Academy of Medicine, the American Public Health Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Medical Association.

Named one of Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women,” she has authored numerous articles on global and domestic public health issues, poverty alleviation, gender equality, and social justice.

Contact: Eva Penar
Phone: 312.616.8000 x161