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Gabrielle Fitzgerald Announced as Director of Ebola Program

11/14/2014

Gabrielle Fitzgerald Announced as Director of Ebola Program

11/14/2014

Gabrielle Fitzgerald

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation today announced that Gabrielle Fitzgerald has joined the organization to lead its Ebola efforts as director of the program. Fitzgerald, a former executive at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will oversee the organization's Ebola strategy and #TackleEbola program, leading a team from Vulcan Inc.'s philanthropic group that aims to catalyze innovative and creative solutions to stop Ebola. 

This newly created role comes on the heels of Paul G. Allen’s commitment of at least $100 million to stop the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Fitzgerald previously served as the Director of Global Program Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, overseeing the policy and advocacy agenda for the Gates Foundation’s global programs. In this role, Fitzgerald and her team 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 brought together global leaders and stakeholders who committed $4 billion to delivering a polio free world by 2018.

During her tenure at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she also spearheaded their efforts to put malaria on global agenda, and built a constituency of supporters and champions working towards a malaria free world. Fitzgerald also led the creation of United Against Malaria campaign, which won PR Week’s Global Campaign of the Year in 2014. In recognition of Fitzgerald’s leadership on malaria, in April of 2014 she was awarded the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Gold Medallion award.

Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Fitzgerald spent five years at the U.S. Agency for International Development, leading the public affairs strategy for the world’s largest funder of HIV/AIDS programs. Previously, she served as the communications director for the U.S. Committee for Refugees. Fitzgerald started her career as a speech writer for President Clinton at The White House.

Fitzgerald holds a Master’s of Public Administration from The Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Arts from American University in Washington D.C.