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Melissa A. Berman President and CEO

Melissa Berman

Melissa Berman is the President and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc., an innovative nonprofit philanthropy service founded by the Rockefeller family. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ mission is to help donors create thoughtful, effective philanthropy throughout the world. RPA develops strategic plans, conducts research, manages foundations and trusts, structures major gifts, coordinates donor collaboratives, and provides regranting and fiscal sponsorship services. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors annually manages or facilitates about $200 million in giving to more than 20 countries. It has offices in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Ms. Berman has led Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors since January 2001. Previously, she served as Senior Vice President, Research and Program Development at The Conference Board, a nonprofit, independent business research organization. She oversaw all research and publications on management practices, including global corporate citizenship and governance.  

A frequent speaker, Ms. Berman has been profiled in the New York Times and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Her ideas and views are featured regularly in the Economist, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Business Week, Financial Times, USA Today, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. She has been interviewed on the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, NPR, CNBC-TV, and Bloomberg TV. 

Ms. Berman is a director of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and an adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Business School, where she also serves on the Advisory Board for the Social Enterprise Program. She is a member of the International Council of the New Israel Fund and a former director of the Foundation Center.

Ms. Berman holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Areas of expertise: Foundation development, foundation governance, strategic planning, family/intergenerational philanthropy, role of the philanthropic sector