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Our operations team oversees key business functions within the foundation.

Carolyn Ainslie

Chief Financial Officer

Carolyn Ainslie 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 Operating Officer

Connie Collingsworth leads many of the foundation’s operational functions including Information Technology, Human Resources, Legal, Global Security, and Grants and Contracts Services. She is also the foundation’s chief legal officer.

Shana Tarbell

Chief Security Officer

Shana Tarbell develops strategic direction and manages all aspects of the foundation’s physical and information security programs to include personnel, policies, processes, and systems.

Sue Taylor

Chief Information Officer

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,
Legal

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

Bob Benoit

Director,
Global Technology Services

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

Lauren Bright

Director,
Legal

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

Jennifer Deger

Director,
Finance

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

Andrew Farnum

Director,
Strategic Investments Fund

Andrew Farnum leads the foundation's $2 billion strategic investment program.

Jeremy Forman

Director,
Enterprise Architecture

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

Brian Ivie

Director,
Security Operations

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

Lisa Johnsen

Director,
Legal and Grants & Contracts Services

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

Tim Johnson

Director,
Human Resources and Chief of Staff

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

Jeff Jones

Director,
Platforms and Human Centered Design

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

Merran Kubalak

Director,
IT Strategy & Planning and Chief of Staff

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

Bindi Lassige

Director,
Human Resources

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.

Keith Matthews

Director,
Legal

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

Thomas Mitchell

Director,
Enterprise Business Management

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,
Global Facilities, Events, Travel & HR Global Operations

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

Lynne Herer Smith

Director,
Business Design

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

Elmar Vinh-Thomas

Director,
Assurance and Enterprise Risk Management

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

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