Donor Spotlight


Gayle Bainbridge

Gayle Bainbridge is a Founding Partner of Global Risk Insurance, a full service personal lines and commercial insurance agency. She is a proud alumna of FIU, having earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975.

Bainbridge believes in the power of giving back to her alma mater and to the community at large. She has done just that through her many years of mentoring, volunteer work and avid philanthropy. Many of FIU’s programs have benefited from her leadership and hands-on approach, including the Women’s Studies Center (now CWGS) where she served as a former Advisory Board President, and the FIU Alumni Association, as a past President and Lifetime Member. As an active member of the President’s Alumni Circle, she continues her strong interest in mentoring students.

After completing her bachelor’s degree in English at FIU, Bainbridge pursued a career in insurance. During her 30 years in the industry, she quickly earned a coveted reputation as a noted, well-recognized and highly respected professional. Gayle is in an elite class of insurance agents, being among the 1% of all agents who have earned the prestigious Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation and received the designations of an Associate in Risk Management (ARM), an Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI), and a Construction Risk Insurance Specialist (CRIS).

Bainbridge was recognized as one of Miami Today's Best of Miami in 2008. She has received numerous community awards, testified as an expert witness, interviewed as an insurance expert by CBS4 (WFOR), and quoted frequently in publications including The Miami Herald, South Florida Business Journal and Miami Today. In addition, she is a past President of the Commercial Real Estate Women (Miami Chapter) and a past chairperson of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. As a dedicated board member for GeekiGirls, she supports STEM and Arts education for middle schoolers, and partners with the CWGS each year to inspire young students visiting FIU.

Since 1989, Bainbridge has given generously to FIU. Her contributions and commitment to alumni, students and women’s initiatives are well regarded. Fittingly, Bainbridge considers receiving the FIU Torch Award for Service in 2002 as one of her proudest accomplishments. The Torch Award exemplifies her involvement with the university and its values of truth, freedom, respect, responsibility and excellence. According to Bainbridge, “the best memories are the connections I have made with students, staff and alumni through my work with the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Alumni Association.”

Gayle Bainbridge recently pledged a bequest of $250,000 to the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. This gift will be known as the Gayle Bainbridge Women’s Studies Endowment, and will provide scholarships, awards, lectures and research opportunities to support faculty and students in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Janet McAliley

"For Judith Stiehm, Professor, FIU, "Judith Steihm is a courageous scholar, and feminist greatly admired by many. She is also a mother of three daughters and two granddaughters. She is a wonderful model to all."

Meri‐Jane Rochelson

"For Pearl Friedman Rochelson, "I make this donation in memory of my mother, who would have turned 100 on June 5, 2015. Pearl was the youngest child of Max and Masha Friedman, immigrants and workers. After graduating high school in 1933 she worked as a bookkeeper until age 35, when I was born. Although she never finished college, she became a docent at the Brooklyn Museum at 60 and participated in a book club until her 90s. At 80, she joined a pro-choice march on Washington. She taught me to speak my mind and stand up for what I believe. She's my feminist hero."