| Gayle Smith |
|Alma mater||University of Colorado Boulder|
|Member of||Center for a New American Security/People, Council on Foreign Relations/Members 3, Lolita Express/Passengers|
Gayle E. Smith was Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, an organization with deep ties to the intelligence services until 2017. There she worked to "strengthen democratic institutions", which in intelligence parlance normally means the opposite. Then she became leader of Bono's ONE Campaign. On March 5, 2021, she became Coordinator for Global COVID Response and Health Security at the U.S. Department of State.
Smith was previously the special assistant to the President of the United States and Senior Director for Development and Democracy (i.e. for regime changes) at the U.S. National Security Council , and worked for the Clinton Global Initiative. She is listed as one of the passenger on Jeffrey Epstein's plane the Lolita Express.
Before her work on the NSC Smith founded the sustainable security program at the think tank Center for American Progress, and co-founded the ENOUGH project and the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network. She also worked as a journalist and with NGOs in Africa for more than 20 years, where she covered military, economic, and political affairs for the BBC, Associated Press, Reuters, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Toronto Globe & Mail, London Observer, and Financial Times.
On April 30, 2015, President Obama announced his nomination of Smith to be the new administrator for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to succeed Dr. Rajiv Shah, who resigned the post in February 2015. There was some opposition to her appointment. The Senate delayed confirmation. Smith was later confirmed on November 30, 2015.
Smith joined the ONE Campaign on March 28, 2017 succeeding Michael J. Elliot.
Smith is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served on the boards of Oxfam America, the Africa America Institute, ASSET, USA for Africa, and the National Security Network. She has also consulted for a range of NGOs, foundations, and governmental organizations including UNICEF, the World Bank, Dutch Interchurch Aid, Norwegian Church Relief, and the Canadian Council for International Cooperation.
She also served on the policy and advisory boards of DATA, the Acumen Fund, and the Global Fairness Initiative, and was the Working Group Chair on Global Poverty for the Clinton Global Initiative from 2005 to 2007.