Joe Cerrell

Director of Advocacy,
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Joe Cerrel is the director of Global Health Advocacy for the foundation. He oversees the foundation’s global health communications, public policy, finance, and product commercialization. In this capacity, Cerrell manages a policy and advocacy grantmaking portfolio and oversees relations with governments, multilateral organizations, NGOs, the private sector, and other foundations. Prior to joining the foundation, Cerrell served as assistant press secretary to former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. While in the White House, he was a senior member of a team responsible for advising the vice president on environmental and energy issues. He served as a White House liaison to elected officials, industry, environmental, religious and labor leaders as well as the media. He also acted as U.S. spokesperson for numerous vice presidential international state visits. Cerrell was also vice president of the philanthropy practice at APCO Worldwide, overseeing the agency’s nonprofit and foundation clients. He has provided communications support and served in an advisory capacity for three U.S. presidential campaigns. Cerrell received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California. Cerrell serves on the board of directors of DATA (Debt AIDS Trade Africa), an organization founded by Bono and based in Washington, D.C., and the ONE Campaign. He is also an advisory board member of the Clinton Global Initiative and a member of the board of trustees at the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute.