Meet Our Team

Draw from a wealth of experience across sectors, issue areas and geographies.

Melissa A. Berman

President & CEO
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President & CEO

Melissa A. Berman

Philanthropy – whether through giving, investing or advocating – has embarked on an exciting age of exploration with new horizons, new tools and new commitment. We’re creating the maps as we discover opportunities.

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Chris Page

Executive Vice President
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Executive Vice President

Chris Page

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Nick Hodges

Senior Vice President & COO
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Senior Vice President & COO

Nick Hodges

Nick loves building systems that strengthen and build capacity for RPA’s clients and staff—leveraging technology for stronger programmatic outcomes.

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Tina Beyers

Chief Financial Officer
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Chief Financial Officer

Tina Beyers

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” — Helen Keller

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Meenakshi Abbi

Senior Manager, Sponsored Projects
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Senior Manager, Sponsored Projects

Meenakshi Abbi

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." — Henry David Thoreau

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Le Anne Alexander

Administrative Assistant
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Administrative Assistant

Le Anne Alexander

Le Anne believes you are not able to be truly philanthropic unless you are thoughtful—that mindfulness and thoughtfulness spur true love of humanity.

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Yolanda Arias

Vice President, Human Resources
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Vice President, Human Resources

Yolanda Arias

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Berit Ashla

Vice President
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Vice President

Berit Ashla

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou

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Donzelina Barroso

Senior Philanthropic Advisor
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Senior Philanthropic Advisor

Donzelina Barroso

Donzie’s favorite part of her job is having the opportunity to work with donors around the world who are creative and open to new ideas.

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Shermane Bilal

Senior Manager, Grants and Funds
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Senior Manager, Grants and Funds

Shermane Bilal

Shermane relishes her RPA role as a “philanthropic matchmaker,” connecting thoughtful grantmakers with effective grantseekers around common areas of interest.

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Theresa Boylan

Senior Administrative Assistant
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Senior Administrative Assistant

Theresa Boylan

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” — Theodore Roosevelt

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Patrick Briaud

Philanthropic Advisor
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Philanthropic Advisor

Patrick Briaud

Patrick believes a flourishing donor is the seed of social good—within the individual, then in the world.

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John Paul Bui

Relationship Manager, Sponsored Projects
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Relationship Manager, Sponsored Projects

John Paul Bui

Since day one, philanthropy has captivated John Paul in its energy to do more, to do better and to always push itself beyond what is expected.

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Zena Cisse

Executive Assistant, President’s Office
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Executive Assistant, President’s Office

Zena Cisse

“Life’s persistent and most urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’” — Martin Luther King Jr.

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Kelly Diggins

Administrative Assistant, Global Philanthropy
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Administrative Assistant, Global Philanthropy

Kelly Diggins

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Cheikh Diop

Accounting Supervisor
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Accounting Supervisor

Cheikh Diop

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Gabby Dizon

Relationship Manager, Sponsored Projects
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Relationship Manager, Sponsored Projects

Gabby Dizon

Gabby is inspired by RPA’s partnerships with leaders and organizations working to promote social change and equity in the U.S. and around the world.

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Liz Donohue

Grants Administrator
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Grants Administrator

Liz Donohue

Liz believes thoughtful, effective philanthropy is a piece of the puzzle in breaking down social inequality and lifting up the voices and experiences of our sisters and brothers on the margins.

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Heather Grady

Vice President
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Vice President

Heather Grady

Heather’s lifelong experience in supporting social progress and economic development define how she helps foundations, philanthropists and impact investors craft effective pathways to sustainable, effective and rewarding systems-level change.

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Emmanuel Guerrero

Staff Assistant
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Staff Assistant

Emmanuel Guerrero

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Amy Holmes

Senior Philanthropic Advisor
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Senior Philanthropic Advisor

Amy Holmes

Amy believes that giving can create meaning for donors, inspire generosity in others, and build connections between people.

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Mae Hong

Vice President
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Vice President

Mae Hong

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver. The giver is as enriched as is the recipient, and that intangible but very real psychic force of good in the world is increased.”  — Maya Angelou

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Nadége Joseph

Office Manager
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Office Manager

Nadége Joseph

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” — Nelson Mandela

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Jennifer Kong

Philanthropic Advisor
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Philanthropic Advisor

Jennifer Kong

“Think of all the times that we have made the impossible seem inevitable in retrospect.” — Condoleezza Rice

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Jen Lavin

Senior Associate, Sponsored Projects
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Senior Associate, Sponsored Projects

Jen Lavin

Jen joined Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in September 2012, and works closely with a select number of RPA’s projects.

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Jane Levikow

Vice President, Sponsored Projects & Funds
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Vice President, Sponsored Projects & Funds

Jane Levikow

Jane thinks fiscal sponsorship is a great solution to funders and others wanting to carry out charitable activities.

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Sunie Lewis

Human Resources Generalist
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Human Resources Generalist

Sunie Lewis

Sunie loves what she does because of the unique role Human Resources plays in contributing to the overall success of an organization.

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Kate Mulligan

Senior Relationship Manager, Sponsored Projects
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Senior Relationship Manager, Sponsored Projects

Kate Mulligan

Kate loves that her job has challenged her every day for seven years; she loves even more the encouragement, support and kindness of her colleagues.

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Alex Na

Senior Associate, Human Resources
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Senior Associate, Human Resources

Alex Na

“The strength of the team is each member. The strength of each member is the team.” — Phil Jackson

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Faran Nadir

Senior Accountant, Sponsored Projects
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Senior Accountant, Sponsored Projects

Faran Nadir

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Michelle Ng

General Ledger Accountant
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General Ledger Accountant

Michelle Ng

“The results of philanthropy are always beyond calculation” — Miriam Beard

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Kaisha Oliver

Finance Assistant
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Finance Assistant

Kaisha Oliver

"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

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Liza Primeau

Philanthropic Advisor
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Philanthropic Advisor

Liza Primeau

“How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment to improve the world.” — Anne Frank

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Jon Quinn

Philanthropic Advisor
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Philanthropic Advisor

Jon Quinn

“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” — Robert F. Kennedy

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Sarina Raby

Administrative Assistant
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Administrative Assistant

Sarina Raby

“A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference” — Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne

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Joanne Schneider

Senior Philanthropic Advisor
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Senior Philanthropic Advisor

Joanne Schneider

Joanne appreciates working with passionate, thoughtful philanthropists—helping them to engage meaningfully in their giving. She also enjoys connecting nonprofit organizations with the resources they need to thrive.

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Sueli Shaw

Administrative Assistant
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Administrative Assistant

Sueli Shaw

Sueli is driven by the interdisciplinary nature of RPA’s work, and appreciates the power of philanthropy to convene different players for better understanding of issues and opportunities.

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Mitchell Singer

Director
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Director

Mitchell Singer

Mitch believes that effective philanthropy stems from a thoughtful combination of commitment, curiosity and compassion.

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Dustin Sposato

Manager of Communications & Partnerships
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Manager of Communications & Partnerships

Dustin Sposato

Dustin believes effective communications can be as important as dollars in philanthropic strategies that amplify innovative voices.

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Walter Sweet

Vice President
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Vice President

Walter Sweet

Walter is driven by the opportunity to help donors turn talent and motivation into philanthropic impact.

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Mariko Tada

Director of Communications & Partnerships
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Director of Communications & Partnerships

Mariko Tada

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” — Dr. Seuss

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Sheila Thélémaque

Director of Financial Systems & Operations
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Director of Financial Systems & Operations

Sheila Thélémaque

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." — Mahatma Gandhi

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Matthew Ubrig

Associate
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Associate

Matthew Ubrig

“Every little bit counts. Have you done your little bit today?” — Matthew’s mother

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Donita Volkwijn

Associate
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Associate

Donita Volkwijn

Donita loves having the opportunity to work with the macro and micro components of philanthropy—witnessing both the grand scope and theory of what philanthropy can accomplish as well as the faces for whom philanthropy has made a difference.

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Steven Wayne

Chair
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Chair

Steven Wayne

Steven William Wayne is CEO of Jensen Group, a leading real estate private equity investment manager and developer based in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Adam Wolfensohn

Treasurer
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Treasurer

Adam Wolfensohn

Adam Wolfensohn is Co-Managing Partner of Encourage Capital, an asset management firm focused on profitable and strategic investments to solve critical social and environmental problems.

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Mac Broderick

Board Member
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Board Member

Mac Broderick

Mac Broderick is Vice President, Strategy, at Parallax Energy, a liquefied natural gas (LNG)-focused project developer based in Houston, Texas.

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Kyungsun Chung

Board Member
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Board Member

Kyungsun Chung

Kyungsun Chung is the Founder and CEO of Root Impact, a nonprofit that focuses on building capacity for the social innovation sector in Korea.

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Juanita James

Board Member
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Board Member

Juanita James

Juanita James is the President & CEO of the Fairfield County Community Foundation.

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David Kaiser

Board Member
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Board Member

David Kaiser

David Kaiser is the President of the Rockefeller Family Fund.

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Julia Lopez

Board Member
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Board Member

Julia Lopez

Julia I. Lopez is the President & CEO of College Futures Foundation.

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Wendy O’Neill

Board Member
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Board Member

Wendy O’Neill

Wendy O’Neill is Chairman of the Asian Cultural Council, where she has been a trustee since 2009.

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Marnie Pillsbury

Board Members
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Board Members

Marnie Pillsbury

Marnie S. Pillsbury is the former executive director of The David Rockefeller Fund and philanthropic advisor to Mr. Rockefeller.

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Luther Ragin

Board Member
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Board Member

Luther Ragin

Luther Ragin is the former President and Founding CEO of the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN).

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Barbara Rockefeller

Board Member
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Board Member

Barbara Rockefeller

Barbara Bellows Rockefeller is a writer and historian who has published books and articles on various aspects of the history and culture of the American South.

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Michael Rockefeller

Board Member
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Board Member

Michael Rockefeller

Michael Rockefeller is chief executive officer of ActiveMedia, an internet advertising agency.

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Peter C. Rockefeller

Board Member
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Board Member

Peter C. Rockefeller

Peter C. Rockefeller is a managing director with G2 Investment Group, which focuses on assets of basic human need, including energy, food, water, shelter and communication.

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Theo Spencer

Board Member
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Board Member

Theo Spencer

Theo Spencer is a Senior Policy Advocate at the Natural Resource Defense Council and a fifth generation member of the Rockefeller family.

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Sarah Teacher

Board Member
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Board Member

Sarah Teacher

Sarah Teacher is a Consultant at Sancroft International, an international sustainability consultancy.

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Rien van Gendt

Board Member
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Board Member

Rien van Gendt

Rien van Gendt is the former Executive Director of the Van Leer Group Foundation in Amstelveen, Netherlands.

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Valerie Rockefeller Wayne

Board Member
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Board Member

Valerie Rockefeller Wayne

Valerie Rockefeller Wayne is the Chair of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

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