Dr. Jacob A. Gayle is the vice president of Medtronic Philanthropy, leading the philanthropic and community affairs programs of Medtronic, Inc. since he joined the company in August 2011.
Gayle has a distinguished career in international public health and diplomacy that has spanned three decades and several of the world’s leading health, development and philanthropic institutions, including deputy vice president of the Ford Foundation, senior public health officer for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and various other health and social development roles with US Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations, World Bank and Carter Center.
A lifelong devotee to academia, Gayle completed his PhD in International/ Community Health (Health Education) at The Ohio State University, where he also earned his MA in Community Health Education and MSc in Preventive Medicine. At Oberlin College, he completed a BA in Psychobiology. Gayle received tenure as associate professor of Community Health at Kent State University before joining CDC in 1989, and has since served as adjunct associate professor at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. His scholarship has been published in key professional journals and his leadership contributions within numerous professional conferences and deliberations. Currently, he serves Oberlin College as a member of its board of trustees, and is a member of the Institute of Medicine Board on Global Health.