Program: The Grantmaking School
Gayle brings 30 years of leadership and management experience to her current practice as a philanthropy/nonprofit consultant and coach specializing in leadership and strategy development.
As Executive Director of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation from 1993-2012, Gayle led the board and staff in two ten-year cycles of strategic learning and program development focused on equity and opportunity in the Southeastern U.S. She developed structures and processes for reflective practice and evaluation suitable for a medium-sized family foundation and authored regular reports on the Foundation’s learning and impact. She led experiments such as the Foundation’s current Network Officer role and its pioneering Organizational Development Program. Prior to the Babcock Foundation, Gayle was Program Director for Education at the Lilly Endowment in Indianapolis, where her portfolio focused on community-based initiatives for educational equity. Gayle’s experience in nonprofits before entering philanthropy concentrated on youth development.
Gayle served on the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations board until 2012 and is a past board chair of Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families. She has been a frequent presenter and session designer for the Southeastern Council of Foundations and the Council of Foundations, as well as a mentor to younger foundation and nonprofit leaders. She has served on several national and statewide nonprofit boards, currently as a board member for Management Assistance Group based in Washington, DC and until March 2012 as board chair of the Center for Courage and Renewal, based in Seattle.