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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Caleb Gayle, 2017

MBA/MPP, Harvard University

Caleb Gayle is the child of immigrants from Jamaica

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MBA/MPP in Business and Public Policy at Harvard University

Born in New York to Jamaican immigrants, Caleb Gayle remembers a childhood that was defined by his grandfather, a strict but loving reverend who cherished the pursuit of the American Dream and believed there was no excuse for anyone who fell short. It wasn't until Caleb's family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, that he began to grapple with systemic racial and economic injustice, an experience that led to his interest in nonprofits and government.

While at the University of Oklahoma, Caleb began replicating the community development work he had done in Oklahoma, this time with burgeoning, low-income female entrepreneurs in Mexico. After graduating, Caleb, a Harry S. Truman Scholar, worked for Crea Comunidades de Emprendedores Sociales, a social enterprise that creates customized programs to empower women entrepreneurs from marginalized areas in Mexico. After completing his graduate work at the University of Oxford as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, Caleb returned to Mexico to support scaling the work of Crea as a federal government program, Mujeres Moviendo México.

In 2013 Caleb joined the George Kaiser Family Foundation to increase the scope of programs focused on improving the livelihood outcomes of low-income families and children. His team's work has been chronicled in the New York Times, the Atlantic, and Education Week. Caleb's essays have been featured in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Threepenny Review, the Huffington Post's Black Voices series, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Sojourners. He is a Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership.

A proud adopted son of Tulsa, Caleb has served on the boards of the Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, the Tulsa Area Salvation Army, and the MetCares Foundation. Eventually, Caleb hopes to return to philanthropy and emerge as a political leader.

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Education
  • MPP | Harvard University 2019
  • MSc | Oxford University 2012
  • BA | University of Oklahoma 2011
  • MBA Business, Public Policy | Harvard University
Awards
  • Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship
  • Truman Scholarship
  • Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellowship at the Harvard Center for Public Leadership
  • REALITY Scholar at the Schusterman Foundation
Work History
  • George Kaiser Family Foundation, Program Officer | December 2013 - July 2016
  • Crea-Mujeres Moviendo Mexico, Technical Adviser | July 2013 - August 2015
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