|First Lady of California|
January 7, 1991 – January 4, 1999
|Preceded by||Gloria Saatjian|
|Succeeded by||Sharon Davis|
Gayle Edlund Wilson (born 1942) is an American business professional, community activist, and the former First Lady of the state of California (1991-1999). She is married to former California Governor and Senator Pete Wilson, with whom she has two sons. As an activist, Wilson has concentrated her efforts on improving early childhood health and encouraging children in the areas of math and science.
First Lady of California
As California’s First Lady, Wilson worked to further her husband's goals of promoting early childhood education. She also helped establish a merit-based California state summer school for math and science, now known as COSMOS. Each summer this four-week residential program located on four University of California campuses serves over 600 high school aged students.
Wilson currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Gilead Sciences, Inc., the College Access Foundation of California, and the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of California Institute of Technology and Burnham Institute for Medical Research, and she is the chairman of the Advisory Board and primary fundraiser for COSMOS[disambiguation needed]. She is a former member of the board of ARCO as well as of the Center for Excellence in Education.
As a young woman Wilson earned national recognition as one of the top 40 finalists of the Westinghouse Science Talent Search (now the Intel Science Talent Search). She then furthered her academic career at Stanford University, where she earned a degree in biology and a Phi Beta Kappa key.
Wilson has two sons and five grandchildren.
In 2010, Wilson was honored by the Society for Science and the Public where she currently serves on the board of trustees.