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Our operations team oversees key business functions within the foundation.

Carolyn Ainslie

Chief Financial Officer

Carolyn Ainslie, chief financial officer, oversees finance and accounting, financial planning and analysis, risk and assurance, partner organizational effectiveness, the Strategic Investment Fund, and several special initiatives.

Connie Collingsworth

Chief Business Operations Officer,
Operations

Connie Collingsworth leads many of the foundation’s operational functions including Legal, Grants and Contracts Management, Information Technology and Security, and Global Security.

Steven Rice

Chief Human Resources Officer,
Operations

Steven Rice leads the global HR, facilities, events, and travel functions in creating a climate where employees thrive while supporting the foundation’s missions.

Sue Taylor

Chief Information Officer,
Operations

Sue leads the team that develops, implements, and maintains all the enterprise applications and platforms that support core business processes across the foundation.

Ruth Atherton

Director,
Operations

Ruth Atherton is primarily responsible for legal, compliance, policy, and strategic advice on broad portfolio of grants, contracts, and investments for the Global Health Division.

Bob Benoit

Director,
Operations

Bob Benoit is responsible for IT infrastructure, end-user services, and operations technology services.

Lauren Bright

Director

Lauren Bright is the primary legal advisor to the foundation’s United States Program Division and Global Policy & Advocacy Division.

Jennifer Deger

Director

Jennifer Deger leads the team is responsible for accounting and tax services for the foundation, the trust, and its regional offices.

Chris Ernst

Director,
Operations

Chris works closely with senior leaders and teams across the foundation to create a culture built for impact.

Andrew Farnum

Director

Andrew Farnum is the director of the Strategic Investment Fund, where he manages the foundation's $2 billion strategic investment program.

Jeremy Forman

Director

Jeremy Forman is responsible for IT’s future technology state planning and architecture enablement and governance.

Brian Ivie

Director

Brian Ivie is responsible for the physical security programs, systems, vendors, and delivery of personal and office security across the foundation.

Lisa Johnsen

Director

Lisa Johnsen is the foundation’s senior tax counsel and leads the foundation’s grants and contracts services team.

Tim Johnson

Director

Tim Johnson serves as director, Human Resources, and chief of staff for the chief human resources officer.

Jeff Jones

Director

Jeff Jones leads a multidisciplinary team focused on the design, development, and implementation of platforms that amplify the foundation’s impact.

Merran Kubalak

Director

Merran Kubalak is responsible for driving the overarching IT strategy; the consistency of delivery through IT’s Project Management Office; and the continuous improvement & efficiency across business capabilities and processes.

Bindi Lassige

Director

Bindi Lassige acts as the business owner of all human resources related systems and technologies, and manages a team of human resources generalists who provide client aligned support across the foundation.

Helene Madonick

Director

Helene Madonick is primarily responsible for legal services for the operations of the foundation’s global regional offices.

Keith Matthews

Director

Keith Matthews oversees legal work related to the foundation’s Global Development and Global Growth & Opportunity divisions.

Thomas Mitchell

Director

Thomas Mitchell is the director of the Enterprise Business Management team with primary responsibility for the foundation’s centralized financial planning, forecasting, and data analysis functions.

Aaron Moses

Director

Aaron Moses is the director of Global Facilities, Events, Travel (GFET) and HR Operations (HRGO).

Lynne Herer Smith

Director,
Operations

Lynne Herer Smith leads an internal team that designs, tests, and implements improved business practices.

Shana Tarbell

Director

Shana Tarbell, director, Global Security, develops strategic direction and manages all aspects of the foundation’s physical and information security programs.

Elmar Vinh-Thomas

Director

Elmar Vinh-Thomas leads the foundation’s efforts on risk management, audit, and grant-related fraud investigations that are designed to protect the foundation’s brand and reputation in the service of impact.

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