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Our operations team oversees key business functions within the foundation.

Carolyn Ainslie

Chief Financial Officer and Interim Director,
Strategic Investments Fund

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

Lisa Alvarez-Calderón

Chief Human Resources Officer

Lisa Alvarez-Calderón leads the human resources team and is responsible for developing and retaining an engaged, diverse, and inclusive workforce.

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.

Lauren Bright

General Counsel and Director,
Washington, DC, Office

Lauren Bright oversees the foundation’s legal department, a broad range of legal, regulatory, and policy matters, and leads general operations of the foundation’s Washington, DC office.

Keith Matthews

General Counsel

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

Ruth Atherton


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

Global Technology Services

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

Jennifer Deger


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

Jeremy Forman

Enterprise Architecture

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

Brian Ivie

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

Legal and Grants & Contracts Services

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

Jeff Jones

Enterprise Applications and Business Intelligence

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

Merran Kubalak

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

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.

Thomas Mitchell

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

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

Business Design

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

Elmar Vinh-Thomas

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.

Sonia Vora


Sonia Vora is responsible for developing and delivering talent-focused solutions that supports a high integrity culture and global impact.

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