Gail Breakey graduated from the University of Hawaii with a B.S. in International Relations and an M.P.H. in International Health. She headed up a Health Survey in Laos in the late 1960s and was a health and youth planner with the Model Cities program on Oahu before working for many years at Kapiolani Medical Center as one of the founders of the Healthy Start program to prevent child abuse and neglect. Currently, Breakey is director of the Hawaii Family Support Institute, which is concerned with the well-being of families.