BOARD OF DIrectors

With more than 25 years’ experience as a fixed-income portfolio manager and financial executive who possesses significant expertise in the financial and operational oversight of for-profit, governmental, and not-for-profit organizations, Cynthia R. Plouché currently serves as board member of the Northern Trust Bank’s Northern Institutional Funds and Northern 

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Cynthia R. Plouché

Funds mutual fund complexes, where she is chair of the Funds’ governance committees. She also is vice chair of the Independent Directors Council as well as a member of its governing council, spearheading its diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts. In addition, she is board president for The Chicago High School for the Arts. Throughout her participation in all the above and her numerous other professional, civic, and volunteer activities, she brings a solid commitment to and knowledge of the importance of non-financial factors to organizational excellence in both the corporate and education arenas. 


Having earned her bachelor of arts degree in psychology and social relations at Harvard University and her master’s degree in business administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Cynthia launched a successful career in investment management, first at Equitable Capital Management Corporation, before later co-founding and serving as chief investment officer of Abacus Financial Group as part of her investment management career. 


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As principal medical scientist for Gilead Sciences’ New York region’s Medical Staff Affairs team, Gina M. Brown, M.D., provides HIV prevention education and strategic planning assistance for the development of prevention programs and investigator-sponsored research. Dr. Brown is an obstetrician and gynecologist with extensive experience in HIV clinical care and research whose career reflects a deep interest and expertise in women’s and girls’ health issues, and preventive care. 

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Gina Brown, MD

Before joining Gilead, Dr. Brown was a medical officer in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of AIDS Research (OAR) where she developed the Annual NIH Strategic Plan for HIV research for cutting-edge non-vaccine biomedical prevention and multipurpose prevention technologies; women’s and girls’ issues; and comorbidities. She has also provided expert consultation to the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute HIV Clinical Guidelines Program. Prior to OAR, she was a member and chair of the NIH Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council, as well as chair of OAR women and girls and microbicides research working groups. 


A graduate of Harvard University and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Dr. Brown received her OB/GYN training at Harlem Hospital Center and completed fellowships in maternal-fetal medicine and surgical-anesthesia critical care at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University.