Jacob Gayle

Vice president of philanthropy
Medtronic Foundation

Jacob Gayle joined Fridley-based Medtronic in 2011 to lead the company’s philanthropic and community affairs programs. Gayle brings deep experience and a global perspective: He has worked on six continents and served as deputy vice president of the Ford Foundation and as a senior public health officer for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For fiscal year 2014, Medtronic contributed $67 million in cash contributions and medical product donations. As Medtronic’s business has expanded internationally, so has its giving: 25 percent of its grants last year were made internationally.