Ambassador Sally G. Cowal

Senior Vice President, Global Cancer Control

Ambassador Sally G. Cowal is Senior Vice President, Global Cancer Control, for the American Cancer Society. She leads the organization’s efforts to share its experience in cancer prevention, develop strategies to increase access to screening, cancer treatment, pain relief, and patient services, and offer organizational development support for nonprofits around the globe. She coordinates advocacy efforts to raise awareness of the global cancer burden and secure adequate funding for cancer prevention and control in low- and middle-income countries.

Ambassador Cowal has been a key contributor to the public health and nonprofit arenas, having helped found the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Switzerland and serving as its director for external relations to raise awareness of AIDS as a public health and economic issue.

She served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, appointed by former Presidents George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton. 

Ambassador Cowal joined the American Cancer Society in 2013 from Population Services International. She is a graduate of DePauw University and George Washington University, where she earned a master’s in public administration. She was reelected to the board of directors of the Switzerland-based Union for International Cancer Control in 2018.