Staff

Shermane Bilal Senior Relationship Manager

Shermane Bilal

Shermane has over seventeen years of experience in family philanthropy, nonprofit management and fiscal sponsorship administration at RPA. Within the Donor Services Team, she manages the grantmaking programs of individual donors, collaborative charitable giving vehicles, and the Marilyn M. Simpson Charitable Lead Trusts. She is responsible for the content and development of RockLinks, a bi-annual publication created exclusively for the Rockefeller family by RPA. She also manages two donor initiatives to help change misperceptions about American Muslims, and to support Muslim women in becoming fully empowered participants, stakeholders and change agents in their societies. She served as a Program Officer for the American Red Cross Recovery Grants Program, which supports long-term recovery through social services, health care and mental health programs.

Prior to joining Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in 1992, Shermane served for five years as Grants & Program Manager/Assistant to the Director of Long Island University’s Institute for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science, a National Science Foundation-funded middle school math and science teacher training institute. Shermane actively serves on the board of The Arab-American Family Support Center, and has served on the Program Committee of Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families; Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE); and the Increasing and Diversifying Philanthropy Committee of the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers. She holds a M.S. in Nonprofit Management from The Milano School for Management and Urban Policy at The New School, and a B.S. from Long Island University in Management and Marketing.

Areas of expertise: Family philanthropy, youth development, human services, Middle East/North African issues, animal-related, fiscal sponsorship administration, grants administration