Meet Our Team

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

President & CEO

Melissa A. Berman

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.

Melissa is the founding President and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc., an innovative nonprofit philanthropy service launched by the Rockefeller family in 2002. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ mission is to help donors create thoughtful, effective philanthropy throughout the world.  Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors 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 also publishes, convenes and speaks about innovations in thoughtful, effective philanthropy. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors annually manages or facilitates over $250 million in giving to more than 25 countries.  It has offices in New York, San Francisco, Chicago and London. Melissa has led Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors since its inception, building it into one of the world’s leading philanthropic advisory, grantmaking, research and project management services.  Under her leadership, RPA developed and published the “Philanthropy Roadmap” series of donor guides with support from the Gates Foundation.  She developed and leads Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' research initiative, “The Theory of the Foundation,” and is the author of multiple reports in that initiative. A frequent speaker, Melissa has been a guest lecturer at universities across the U.S., Europe and Asia including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Duke, IMD (Lausanne), Oxford, Sun-Yat Sen, and Beijing Normal universities.  As a widely-recognized expert in philanthropy, Melissa has been profiled in the New York Times and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.  Recent articles she has authored appeared in the Foundation Review and in the International Family Offices Journal. Her ideas and views are featured in the Economist, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy.  She has been interviewed on the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, NPR, BBC Radio, CNBC-TV, and Bloomberg TV. An adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Business School, Melissa is also a director/trustee of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the Adrian Brinkerhoff Foundation and the Foundation Center. She serves on the Advisory Boards of the Marshall Center for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship at the London School of Economics and the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia University. Melissa holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. She’s proud to have majored in Folklore and Mythology.
Senior Vice President & COO

Nick Hodges

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.

Nick joined Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in 2014 as Chief Operating Officer and oversees Finance, Investments, IT, Operations and Sponsored Projects and Funds. In this capacity he is responsible for end-to-end client experience across programs managed and supported by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. He leverages Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' risk/opportunity framework to advise leadership and clients on risk management and mitigation. He provides leadership to Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' impact investing consulting business, bringing both financial and philanthropic perspective to the practice. Nick was the inaugural COO at Schwab Charitable responsible for launching the first wide-scale investment management solution for donor-advised funds and was also COO for Tides. In addition to COO roles, he headed Philanthropic Services for the San Francisco Foundation, providing guidance to some of the Bay Area’s most philanthropic families. Prior to philanthropy, Nick spent 15 years in financial services. Nick received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of San Francisco and is a certified trainer with 21/64. He has held numerous securities licenses and completed management curriculum at Stanford University. He has held board positions with Horizons Foundation and Community United Against Violence.
Areas of Focus
Leadership, Operations
Senior Vice President

Walter Sweet

Senior Vice President

Walter Sweet

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

Walter oversees Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' advisory and management practice. He also leads client engagements with foundations supporting health, community development, education and entrepreneurship. As part of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' impact investing practice, he advises investors on portfolios to generate both social and financial returns. He has been interviewed by national publications including The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times and regularly serves on panels of philanthropic experts. To help Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors achieve its strategic and operating goals, Walter develops and oversees implementation of all processes for grantmaking programs and reporting to clients. Previously, Walter served as a program officer at the New York Community Trust, the nation’s largest community foundation, where he conducted special project grantmaking and monitored and evaluated programmatic activities. Walter holds a B.A. in American History from Columbia University and is a board member of the Business Outreach Center Network, which aims to help minority entrepreneurs access resources to launch their businesses. He is the proud parent of two children.
Areas of Focus
Leadership
Chief Financial Officer

Tina Beyers

Chief Financial Officer

Tina Beyers

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

Tina joined Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in October 2014 as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Her responsibilities include oversight and strategic direction of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors finances including accounting and controls, investment management and financial reporting. She also manages the finance team that provides service to Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors donors and sponsored projects that generate over $200 million in annual contributions. A certified public accountant, Tina joined Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors from the Robin Hood Foundation, where she was controller since 2012. Her responsibilities included supervising accounting and gift activities, overseeing the processing and disbursement of $150 million in grants, compliance, and preparing financial reporting for internal leaders and board members. Prior to the Robin Hood Foundation, Tina was controller at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation for eight years. She has also worked with IBM Global Services and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Tina is an active volunteer for breast cancer prevention and treatment research organizations.  A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Tina lives in Brooklyn with her daughter Onallee and their dog, Tony.
Areas of Focus
Finance, Leadership
Vice President, Human Resources

Yolanda Arias

Vice President, Human Resources

Yolanda Arias

“Many people go through their whole lives having no real sense of what their talents may be, or if they have any to speak of. Human resources are like natural resources; they’re often buried deep. You have to go looking for them, they’re not just lying around on the surface.” — Ken Robinson

Yolanda is Vice President of Human Resources and the Corporate Secretary for Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. She is responsible for providing strategic leadership and direction to facilitate attracting and developing the best talent, supporting a culture of inclusion, engagement, and organizational and talent effectiveness. In her role as Corporate Secretary, Yolanda plays a key role in the administration of critical corporate matters, keeping the Board informed of best practices with respect to corporate governance, and serving as a resource to board members and officers in understanding and carrying out their fiduciary duties. She joined the group that later became Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in January of 2000 and, as part of the founding team, played a key role in the formation of the organization. Prior to Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Yolanda worked in the healthcare field for more than 13 years. Yolanda is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), the New York City Human Resource Management (NYCSHRM), the NYCSHRM -HR/NY Diversity & Inclusion Special Interest Group; the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), and the Society for Corporate Governance. She earned a B.S. in Health Services Administration from Lehman College – The City University of New York, and holds certificates in Human Resources Studies from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.  She also completed the certificate programs in Strategic HR, Change Management, and HR in Alignment at the Society of Human Resource Management, and has taken courses in the Certificate in Grantmaking and Foundations program at the New York University’s George H. Heyman, Jr., Center for Philanthropy.
Areas of Focus
Human Resources, Leadership
Vice President, Marketing, Communications & Partnerships

Renee Karibi-Whyte

Vice President, Marketing, Communications & Partnerships

Renee Karibi-Whyte

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffett

Renée heads up Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' efforts to drive sustainable, mission-related growth by disseminating thought leadership and expanding opportunities for client development. She is intimately involved with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' Theory of the Foundation initiative as well as other knowledge-based projects that help clients and the sector create more thoughtful, effective philanthropy. She works closely with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' client services teams on convenings, speaking engagements, presentations and communications domestically and internationally. As the lead for Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' partnership strategy, Renée actively engages with individuals, foundations and other organizations. Renée’s team is also responsible for knowledge management and the creation of content and materials that serve Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' mission of expanding the philanthropy sector. Before joining Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in 2017, Renée held various senior marketing roles in Thomson Reuters and worked as a Senior Division Manager for the American Conference Institute.  Prior to that, Renée practiced law at Morgan Lewis & Bockius in New York and at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. The first several years of her legal career were spent working for judges in the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague (Netherlands), and in Federal District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit. Renée has a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M University School of Business and Industry. She is an active volunteer and a mother of four.
Areas of Focus
Communications & Partnerships, Leadership
Relationship Manager, Sponsored Projects

Sarah Aasbo

Relationship Manager, Sponsored Projects

Sarah Aasbo

“Freedoms are not only the primary ends of development, they are also among its principal means.” — Amartya Sen

Sarah joined Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' New York office in 2017. She provides operational support to a diverse portfolio of Sponsored Projects and ensures they have the financial, logistic, legal, and human resource capacity to succeed in their missions. She currently heads several financial inclusion project teams in East and West Africa that focus on the digitization and service delivery of G2P and P2P payments for the base of the economic pyramid. Sarah has functional expertise in project management as well as subject matter expertise in financial inclusion, tech innovation, and international development. Prior to joining the Sponsored Projects and Funds team, she managed operations and partnerships for a tech startup focused on improving regulatory compliance in the financial services industry. She has also worked for an international economic development organization providing project management support to US Government grants. Her work has taken her overseas, most frequently to the former Soviet Union where she consulted on venture capital and microfinance in Central Asia. She graduated from Wellesley College with a B.A. in Russian Studies and received a Master of International Affairs from the School for International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. When she isn’t dreaming up her next baking project she enjoys coaching for Girls on the Run, an organization that teaches elementary age girls social and emotional skills through running.
Areas of Focus
Sponsored Projects & Funds
Senior Manager, Sponsored Projects

Meenakshi Abbi

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

Meenakshi Abbi joined Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' San Francisco office in May 2012 as a member of the Sponsored Projects & Funds team. She manages a portfolio of projects and donor collaboratives focused on a range of issues including education, diversity, improving philanthropy, impact investing, and other issues. She works with internal partners to ensure that each sponsored project has the operational resources needed in order to be impactful and efficient. Meenakshi draws on extensive experience to serve as a resource on fiscal sponsorship, financial management, project management, and operational efficiency. Meenakshi has a diverse background ranging from directing programs and computer programming to workforce development and volunteering for social justice organizations. Prior to her current role at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Meenakshi worked at Tides for over four years as a program manager for fiscally sponsored 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) projects, and helped re-launch Tides Advocacy Fund. She was also Director of the Small Business Development Center Technology Advisory Program, a nonprofit dedicated to helping small businesses effectively utilize technology. Meenakshi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Her passions include civic engagement, financial inclusion, and social justice.  She is on the advisory board of Fund the People, Justice Strategies and is the co-chair of Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy San Francisco’s Steering Committee. In 2009 she volunteered for a month in Liberia with the International Rescue Committee, where she worked with schools, health clinics and women’s shelters around Nimba County, met wonderful individuals and was humbled by the strength and resilience in the post-conflict region.
Areas of Focus
Sponsored Projects & Funds
Finance Assistant

Shirley Alvarez

Finance Assistant

Shirley Alvarez

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'" - Eleanor Roosevelt

Shirley joined the Finance and Accounting team in January 2018 as a Finance Assistant. Shirley loves executing her role in an effective manner to support the smooth operation of the accounts payable process. She reviews and approves incoming invoices, and handles and updates data in the financial system. Previously, Shirley worked as a full charge bookkeeper and program director for a Non-profit organization called Dorian Artists Corp, which focuses on public appreciation for historical, contemporary and progressive music and performance art. She played a crucial role in handling the Accounts Payable and Receivables department, implementation of fundraising initiatives, donor management, program measurement, on site concert production and artist outreach. Shirley also worked as an Accounts Payable Associate for One Peloton. Shirley graduated from Berkeley College in 2014 with her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting. She also became a member of the National Honor Society, recognized by the Financial Management Association International. In her spare time, Shirley loves discovering music and attending concerts, learning about art and natural sciences, seeking volunteering opportunities, playing drums, raising funds for the Scleroderma foundation and designing her clothes and accessories.
Areas of Focus
Finance
Senior Associate

Le Anne Alexander

Senior Associate

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.

Le Anne is a Senior Associate with the New York Advisory Team and supports the provision of research, learning opportunities and best practices across the client portfolio. Her work touches on issue areas of education, social and economic justice, and the environment. She also drives donor-grantee relationships and enjoys engaging in donor education activities. Prior to joining RPA, Le Anne worked as a finance and development assistant for a non-profit, where she helped facilitate fundraising, managed donations, and was an instrumental part of outreach initiatives. Le Anne is a current student at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is very proud of her Trinidadian heritage and unhealthy shoe buying habits!
Areas of Focus
Advisory
Vice President

Berit Ashla

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

Based in San Francisco, Berit leads Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' West Coast advisory work, manages client engagements and works with a range of individual, family and corporate donors. She holds wealth of experience in grantmaking, foundation governance, education, social justice, arts and sustainability. She is a frequent contributor to national and regional philanthropic conferences and events. To maintain Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' recognized leadership in the field of philanthropy, Berit utilizes her expertise in a range of issue areas to provide tailored strategic support to clients. Berit’s nonprofit career spans over two decades working with public, private and community foundations. As Senior Advisor for Special Projects at Tides, she led donor engagement and fund development activities. She also managed the Threshold Foundation. She was the Philanthropic Director of Foundation Source leading advisory services in the West and she served as Executive Director of the David Brower Center, an innovative arts and sustainability center. Earlier in her career, she worked at the Marin Community Foundation, KQED Public Television and the United Nations Environment Program in Paris, France. Berit has a B.A. from Amherst College and serves on the boards of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Abundance Foundation, Nia Community Fund, and Mal Warwick/Donor Digital. Berit is married and mother to two teenage boys who love traveling and culinary adventures, art, culture and civic engagement as much as she does.
Areas of Focus
Advisory, Leadership
Director, Global Philanthropy

Donzelina Barroso

Director, Global Philanthropy

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.

Donzie launched Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' London office in early 2017 and leads Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' European advisory work. She has more than a decade of experience in international grantmaking and project management at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, including work in education, arts, health, human services, poverty alleviation and environmental issues. She currently leads a donor initiative to improve social services for children in Portugal. She has also worked with a Mexican family foundation on the governance and sustainability of their programs. Donzie has designed and implemented educational funding for disadvantaged communities, helped develop an arts center, and developed policies, programs and operations for new foundations. Previously, Donzie served as a consultant to a leading U.S. corporation in its efforts to bring improved technology and practices to small farmers and cooperatives in Angola. She was also affiliated with the Camões Center for the Study of the Portuguese-Speaking World, at Columbia University. In 1998, her interview with Nobel Prize-winning Portuguese author, José Saramago, was published in The Paris Review. Donzie serves on the board of the Portugal-US Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Steering Committee of Philanthropy New York’s International Grantmakers Network. She holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University, a Master’s in Public Administration from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, and a B.A. from Barnard College at Columbia University. A dual citizen of the U.S. and Portugal, Donzie is fluent in English, Portuguese, French and Spanish.
Areas of Focus
Advisory
Senior Manager, Grants and Funds

Shermane Bilal

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.

Shermane has more than 20 years of experience in family philanthropy, nonprofit management, fiscal sponsorship and grants administration at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.  She oversees Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' grants administration unit and manages the grantmaking programs of individual donors, collaborative charitable giving vehicles, and the Marilyn M. Simpson Charitable Lead Trusts.  She is also responsible for the content and development of RockLinks, a quarterly publication created exclusively for the Rockefeller family by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. 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. Shermane 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. Shermane 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 Focus
Sponsored Projects & Funds
Relationship Manager, Sponsored Projects

Terrence Bogans

Relationship Manager, Sponsored Projects

Terrence Bogans

“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced...” — James Baldwin

Terrence joined RPA’s New York office in 2018. He is the primary contact for a portfolio of Sponsored Projects, and a liaison between each project and our internal business partners, working closely with Finance, Human Resources, and Operations. Terrence comes to RPA with nearly five years of experience working in public service and nonprofit management. Most recently, Terrence was the Director of Bail Operations at the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund (BCBF), a nonprofit organization that pays bail for low-income New Yorkers. There he managed all aspects of bail payments, oversaw client referrals, and supervised a team of associates. Prior to BCBF, Terrence was a Public Defender at Brooklyn Defender Services, representing hundreds of clients per year. He holds a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, along with a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law. He is also a member of the New York State Bar Association. In his spare time, Terrence enjoys traveling, food, and cheering on UNC basketball.
Areas of Focus
Sponsored Projects & Funds
Senior Associate

Theresa Boylan

Senior Associate

Theresa Boylan

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

Theresa joined Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' in June 2013 and is a Senior Associate on the Sponsored Projects and Funds team in the San Francisco office. She supports a diverse range of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' fiscally sponsored projects and donor collaboratives, including those focused on education, financial inclusion, and social change. She collaborates with internal and external partners to ensure the projects have the operational resources needed to be effective. Supporting Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' sponsored projects in their important work is the most rewarding part of her job. Before coming to Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Theresa developed an interest in nonprofit work as an Outreach Intern with the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee, where she helped organize the annual SF Pride Celebration & Parade in 2011 and 2012. She also interned with the American Irish Historical Society in New York. Originally from the Bay Area, Theresa graduated from New York University in 2012 with a B.A. in History and a minor in Irish Studies. As bridges go, she prefers the western span of the Bay Bridge to the Golden Gate.
Areas of Focus
Sponsored Projects & Funds
Senior Advisor, Social Finance

Patrick Briaud

Senior Advisor, Social Finance

Patrick Briaud

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

Patrick leads Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' Social Finance Practice, focused on impact investing and market-based approaches. He helps individuals, foundations and corporations use a range of assets to achieve their social impact goals. His areas of expertise include Program Related Investments, Monitoring & Evaluation, Financial Inclusion, Faith-Based Strategies, and the Sustainable Development Goals. Patrick led the creation of two impact investing guides commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Introduction // Strategy & Action) and frequently speaks at industry events. Prior to Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Patrick was head trader and investment analyst of Lee Financial’s $900M portfolio. As a professional tennis player, he earned a world doubles ranking of 125 and played in Wimbledon 2008. Patrick has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from Yale’s School of Management. He serves on the boards of Briaud Financial Advisors, LearnPhilanthropy and the Rivendell Institute at Yale. Outside of work, Patrick can be found wrestling with his two nephews, discussing the implications of different worldviews and dancing the Texas two-step.
Areas of Focus
Advisory
Director, Sponsored Projects & Funds

Cordell Brown

Director, Sponsored Projects & Funds

Cordell Brown

Cordell believes that the foundation for success comes from creating connections across people, process and planning.

Cordell joined Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in February 2017. He provides leadership and management for a team of professionals in the Sponsored Projects and Funds practice. His team manages a portfolio of 50+ fiscally sponsored projects across a span of issue-areas, including education, environment, financial inclusion, arts & culture, and social justice. He assumes overall operating responsibility for the wide range of projects in the portfolio. Cordell serves as a key senior contact for high-level client projects, both domestically and internationally, providing oversight and project management. He ensures the effectiveness and efficiency of operations, compliance, internal systems, policies and procedures. He is a resource and strategic advisor to projects and donors on a variety of organization and management issues. Additionally, he serves on the Advisory Board for Promise Venture Studio, a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Cordell partners with other Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors leaders to formulate and implement strategies that expand Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisor’s experience, capabilities, and client base. He participates in the identification and recruitment of new fiscal sponsorships and donor collaboratives, along with cultivating and managing key funder relationships for Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Cordell holds a strong quantitative and qualitative background in strategic planning, sophisticated metric and trend analysis, and program/project management. With over eight years of experience in nonprofit leadership, serving as Vice-Chairman of the Board and Strategic Planning Officer of CapraCare, he led an organization dedicated to providing health services and community development in Haiti. Previously, an Assistant Vice President at MetLife, Cordell held a broad range of diverse roles. As a senior leader in Strategic Planning, he was responsible for driving and implementing strategic planning policies and processes, monitoring performance against plan, and supporting significant initiatives that drive results. Prior to that, he was a Leadership & Management Development Director, where he helped transform the MetLife culture from a mutual company to a high-performance public company, coaching over 1600 senior and executive leaders. His other prior responsibilities included IT Strategy & Planning Director, Strategic Human Resources Director, and IT Project Manager. Cordell’s Board service includes, Vice-Chairman & Strategic Planning Officer of CapraCare, Inc. and Vice-President of Diving For Life, Inc. He is a Fordham University graduate, who received a double-major B.A. degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, then a double-major MBA in Management, and Information & Communications Systems, graduating summa cum laude and first in his class. He also holds a Certificate in Executive Nonprofit Leadership from the Fordham Graduate School of Social Service, and is a certified Facilitator, from Development Dimensions International. Cordell is a native New Yorker who enjoys travel, downhill skiing, and SCUBA diving around the world.
Areas of Focus
Sponsored Projects & Funds
Accounting Supervisor

Cheikh Diop

Accounting Supervisor

Cheikh Diop

“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.” - Les Brown

Cheikh has extensive experience in financial applications of automated systems, as well as financial analysis and reporting, investment planning and monitoring, tax planning, and developing and monitoring accounting plans. Prior to joining Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Cheikh was the Comptroller of Sloane and Hinshaw, Inc., a specialized management and consulting company servicing grantmaking organizations. Previously, he worked for The Macmillan Publishing Group. Cheikh graduated from Baruch College/CUNY, with a B.B.A. in Finance and Investments and an MBA in Management and Accounting. Fluent in French, he has a rich multicultural background, and is an active member of several nonprofit community-based cultural and educational organizations in New York.
Areas of Focus
Finance
Associate

Kelly Diggins

Associate

Kelly Diggins

Kelly supports Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisor's global philanthropy team and has managed a number of complex initiatives including the SDG Philanthropy Platform, the Scaling Solutions initiative and individual philanthropy client engagements. She regularly organizes events for RPA’s funder networks and the philanthropy community. Prior to RPA, Kelly served as a Kiva Fellow collaborating with micro-finance institutions in Costa Rica and Guatemala. She has a diverse background ranging from working in the legal field as a paralegal to volunteering for youth development organizations. Kelly received a B.A. in Global Economics and Latin American Studies from UC Santa Cruz, and a Trans-Global Executive MBA from Saint Mary’s College of California. Kelly has extensive experience in Latin America as an Amigos de las Américas volunteer implementing community service projects and focusing on sustainable development while living in Honduras, Paraguay, and Dominican Republic. She now serves on the board of the Amigos de las Américas San Francisco Chapter.
Grants Administrator

Liz Donohue

Grants Administrator

Liz Donohue

“You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.” - Shirley Chisholm

Liz joined the Sponsored Projects and Funds team in April 2014 and is responsible for processing grant recommendations on behalf of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisor’s clients to grantees around the world. She serves as a resource for due diligence and compliance, ensures procedures reflect grantmaking best practices, and maintains the grants management database. Prior to joining Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Liz was the Grants Administrator at FJC, where she coordinated the grantmaking for Donor Advised Fund and Collective Giving Fund clients and assisted in transitioning the organization to a new grants management system. Liz graduated from Fordham University with a B.S. in Business Administration and is pursuing a Masters of Public Administration at CUNY Baruch College. She is on the Steering Committee for the New York Regional Chapter of PEAK Grantmaking and volunteers with organizations devoted to assisting individuals experiencing homelessness and individuals who are currently incarcerated. She hails from Brooklyn, where she is often found training for her next half-marathon and eating all the pizza her neighborhood has to offer.
Areas of Focus
Sponsored Projects & Funds
Office Assistant

Cassandra Douglas

Office Assistant

Cassandra Douglas

“We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act but a habit.” — Aristotle

Cassandra joined Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in November 2017 and serves as an Office Assistant. She offers support to operations, maintains a welcoming environment for colleagues, clients, staff, and visitors of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Outside of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Cassandra is a professional Opera Singer with a vibrant and lyric soprano voice. Cassandra performs regularly with The Amore Opera Theater and shares her craft with the subway goers of New York City with The Opera Collective.  In addition, she debuted at Carnegie Hall, taught master classes and served as Artist in Residence with the Simon Estes Young Artist Program, and has had the pleasure of traveling to Italy to perform leading roles with the International Lyric Academy of Rome. Cassandra has a BA in Music from Westminster Choir College, a Masters from the Manhattan School of Music, and is a certified Spanda Yoga instructor.
Areas of Focus
Operations
Senior Researcher

Kalyah Ford

Senior Researcher

Kalyah Ford

“You write in order to change the world ... if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it.” - James Baldwin

As Senior Researcher at RPA, Kalyah works across the organization to develop research agendas, conduct analysis, and create high-profile, relevant services and publications that advance RPA's thought leadership and public profile. Previously, Kalyah worked as a Research and Policy Specialist with the World Bank Group. In this role, she worked in every region of the world, advising governments on policies that encourage social, environmental, and economic progress. Kalyah authored World Bank research reports and policy notes on a wide range of topics, including: digital/ICT regulatory policy, social entrepreneurship/SME development, gender, innovation, climate policy, and others. She also contributed to program strategy, design, and operations. In addition, Kalyah drove advocacy communications at Human Rights First, developed public diplomacy policy at the United States Department of State, and worked as the Research Lead on a pan-African study for the Open Society Foundations West Africa Initiative (OSIWA). Kalyah holds an MA in International Affairs and Technology Policy from Georgetown University and a BA in Comparative Cultures and Politics from Michigan State University. In her free time, she enjoys singing, volunteering as a museum tour guide, experimental cooking, and hunting for vintage treasures. She can usually be found listening to old standards and drinking copious amounts of water.
Areas of Focus
Communications & Partnerships
Relationship Manager, Sponsored Projects

Elizabeth Droggitis

Relationship Manager, Sponsored Projects

Elizabeth Droggitis

Elizabeth is motivated on a daily basis by the wide array of projects she supports that are working towards positive social change.

Elizabeth joined Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in August 2017 as Relationship Manager in Sponsored Projects & Funds. She manages a portfolio of projects focused on issues including health, arts & culture, the environment, and human rights. As Relationship Manager, Elizabeth provides important operational support to help each project work towards their mission. Elizabeth has over nine years of program management and fundraising experience in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Elizabeth worked for six years as the Membership and Public Education Manager at MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization, where she managed communications and individual giving programs. Elizabeth has an A.B. in Government & Legal Studies and Spanish from Bowdoin College and a M.Sc. in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the London School of Economics. After graduating from Bowdoin, Elizabeth spent a year in Peru, where she translated for visiting medical campaigns, taught in the local schools, and volunteered at a local women’s empowerment center. In her free time, she loves to travel.
Areas of Focus
Sponsored Projects & Funds
Senior Accountant, Sponsored Projects & Funds

Jeffrey Garcia

Senior Accountant, Sponsored Projects & Funds

Jeffrey Garcia

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” – Calvin Coolidge

Jeff joined Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisor’s finance team in May 2017 as a Senior Accountant. He works closely with the Sponsored Projects & Funds (SP&F) team providing analysis and reporting support while also assisting the finance team in all general accounting matters. Jeff works with SP&F Relationship Managers in managing the partnerships and communications surrounding financial reporting through budgeting and expense tracking, monthly, quarterly and other customized reports, client meetings, Grant reporting and responding to general ledger inquiries in order to facilitate a welcoming environment for our Sponsored Projects to thrive. Jeff is involved in the preparation for periodic Program/Grant audits as well as Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' Annual Audit, assisting in providing documentation and schedules as needed. Jeff is a member of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' newly formed Mission Metrics Committee. Before joining Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Jeff worked as a Senior Accountant for the Goodwill of Greater Washington. At Goodwill he worked alongside the Sr. Director of Finance, the CFO and Manager of Accounting Operations on all accounting areas including month end close entries, process documentation, account reconciliations, financial reporting and general ledger analysis. At Goodwill he served as a primary resource for all the accounting and reporting needs of the Goodwill Excel Center (Public Charter School). Prior to Goodwill, Jeff was a Senior Auditor at Calibre CPA Group, PLLC where he developed his expertise in the non-profit sector working on a variety of Audits and non-attest services including Tax Form 990 preparation and special projects. Jeff graduated with a B.S.B.A. in Accounting from the University Of Richmond - Robins School of Business and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership at Fordham University. When he is not at RPA, he enjoys playing basketball, obsessing over his adorable godson, and seeking out mentoring opportunities, recently serving as a POSSE Foundation- Scholar Writing Coach. Jeff is an Oliver Scholars Program Alum, a program which prepares high-achieving African-American and Latino students from underserved NYC communities for success at top independent high schools and prestigious colleges. He now serves as member on the Oliver Scholars Junior Board.
Areas of Focus
Finance, Sponsored Projects & Funds
Vice President

Heather Grady

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.

Heather is a Vice President in Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' San Francisco office and leads the organization’s strategy and program development in global philanthropy, including collaboratives, global programs, research, and publications. She drives thought leadership through efforts like the SDG Philanthropy Platform, a collaboration to encourage philanthropy to engage more meaningfully in the Sustainable Development Goals/Agenda 2030, and the Scalable Solutions initiative, which aims to fuel the placement of longer-term, responsive and adaptive resources to fund and accelerate scalable solutions that target systemic changes focused on pressing global issues. Heather also serves as an Adjunct Professor for the Executive Management Program at the China Global Philanthropy Institute. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and has authored numerous publications. Heather’s philanthropic advising has been shaped in part by two decades living and working in countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, managing development and humanitarian programs focused on a range of themes including education, livelihoods, health, agriculture and microfinance. Heather was previously a Vice President for Foundation Initiatives at The Rockefeller Foundation where she oversaw an annual grantmaking budget averaging $65 million. Prior to that, she served as the Managing Director of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, a decade-long partnership between Columbia University, The Aspen Institute, and the International Council on Human Rights Policy founded by former Irish President Mary Robinson. During this period she also served as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Heather has a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School at Harvard and a B.A. from Smith College. She is conversant in Chinese and Vietnamese. She serves on a number of Boards and Advisory Groups including The B Team, the Business and Human Rights Resource Center, the Wildlife Justice Commission, the Dropbox Foundation and the ethical fashion company Piece&Co, and has been a member of the WEF Global Future Councils. Heather has lived in 8 very different countries on 4 continents, and appreciates the unique wisdom and expressions of generosity she has found in each of their cultures.
Relationship Manager, Sponsored Projects

Jaclyn Green-Stock

Relationship Manager, Sponsored Projects

Jaclyn Green-Stock

Jaclyn joined RPA in 2018, and she works with RPA’s Sponsored Projects and Funds team to provide operational support to a variety of projects. She manages a diverse portfolio that address education, arts & culture, resilience, diversity, and financial technology. Jaclyn has over eight years of experience in program management and community development. Prior to joining RPA Jaclyn managed corporate social responsibility partnerships for an educational nonprofit, where she developed and maintained collaborations between leading companies and their public school partners. She also honed her skills in government relations and cross-functional partnerships while at the Council on Accreditation, an accrediting body for social service organizations. Her work specifically focused on mental health and child welfare. Her previous experience has spanned various sectors, including education, criminal justice reform, sustainability, and community development. She graduated from Clark University with an M.A. in Community Development & Planning, and a B.A. in Geography and International Development & Social Change. She serves on the Associate Board of United Neighborhood Houses, a membership organization for the settlement houses that help keep New York communities strong.
Areas of Focus
Sponsored Projects & Funds
Associate

Cristina Guerrero

Associate

Cristina Guerrero

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." — Helen Keller

Cristina is a part of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' Chicago based advisory team. She supports a variety of advisory client engagements that include family, independent, and corporate foundations on issue research, grant reviews, and manages operations of the Chicago office. Cristina enjoys researching issue areas for client work that continue to inform and shape her understanding of social impact work around the world. Prior to Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, she spent almost four years in development for an education non-profit focused on supporting Chicago public school teachers. Prior to this, Cristina spent a year as a teaching assistant with AmeriCorps working at Tilden Career Community Academy in Chicago’s southwest side providing academic support to first year students. Cristina is Co-Chair of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy’s Chicago Chapter helping create a network of emerging professionals in the field cultivate relationships with one another and develop content expertise. Cristina received a B.A. in English from Bowdoin College and is currently working on her masters at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. She serves as a volunteer mentor to current high school students with the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund and remains involved with her college as a regional admissions interview volunteer. Cristina enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Areas of Focus
Advisory
Finance Assistant

Emmanuel Guerrero

Finance Assistant

Emmanuel Guerrero

Since January of 2017, Emmanuel has held the position of Finance Assistant. He is responsible for processing expense reimbursements and invoices for payment. He also serves as backup to the Accounts Payable Specialist and processes payments in that person’s absence. Emmanuel joined Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in July of 2013 as a Staff Assistant in the New York office. As part of the Operations Team, Emmanuel was responsible for general front desk administrative duties and mailroom management while also playing a key role in facility management and serving as backup for IT desktop support as needed. Emmanuel holds a BBA degree with a concentration in Information Systems from Iona College, and has studied business administration and accounting. At Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, he has honed his knowledge and experience on the finance team.
Areas of Focus
Operations
Program Director

Amy Holmes

Program Director

Amy Holmes

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

Amy leads the New York Advisory team, and directs strategic planning and program development for families, donor collaboratives and private foundations. She helps donors define their philanthropic goals and implement giving programs to achieve them. She manages philanthropy focused on music, literature and the arts, arts education, green spaces, and criminal justice system reform, and has overseen large-scale disaster response and community resilience initiatives. Amy joined Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in 2004, and has researched and led giving programs in youth development, education, and the Afghan Women Leaders Connect collaborative fund. Amy previously served as Development Associate for the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, a settlement house in Yorkville and East Harlem in New York. She serves as Chair of the board of the Support Center for Nonprofit Management, and as Secretary of the board of Harlem United, an agency providing medical, social, and supportive services for adults with HIV/AIDS. Amy received a Master of Public Administration degree from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, and a B.A. from the College of William and Mary in English Literature. She lives in Queens with her husband and three young sons, and has gotten pretty good at cleaning smashed banana off Lego blocks.
Areas of Focus
Advisory
Vice President

Mae Hong

Vice President

Mae Hong

“I’m not saying I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.” — Tupac Shakur

Mae opened the Chicago office of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in 2009 and is responsible for serving individual donors, families, foundations and corporations throughout the Midwest. In addition to providing high-touch, custom services to help clients manage their charitable giving, develop effective strategies, and discover joy in their philanthropic journey, she is also a frequent speaker and writer about issues, trends, and ideas in philanthropy. With a deep knowledge of major giving trends, Mae advises clients on best practices to create innovative funding programs or initiatives. With nearly 20 years of nonprofit and philanthropy experience, she previously served as Program Director at the Field Foundation of Illinois. Her funding expertise includes children, youth and families; poverty alleviation; women and girls’ issues; and advocacy. She has also been actively involved in Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' leadership on the issue of diversity in philanthropy. Prior to entering the nonprofit sector, she worked in the publishing industry for several years. Mae currently serves on the boards of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and Illinois Humanities. She completed her graduate work in social service administration at The University of Chicago, and is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Mae is a serious shoe collector.
Areas of Focus
Advisory, Leadership
Senior Philanthropic Advisor

Tina Joh

Senior Philanthropic Advisor

Tina Joh

Tina loves helping clients find meaning, strategy and fun with their philanthropy, and she is inspired by quotes like this: “Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world” — Desmond Tutu

Tina works with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' advisory team to provide thorough and practical strategy and consulting services to families, foundations and corporations. As a certified philanthropic advisor, she imparts guidance and advice that fosters thoughtful giving and meaningful philanthropic experiences, facilitates meetings with families, couples and individuals, assesses community needs and funding opportunities through ongoing communications with nonprofits, and aligns donors’ interests and strategic initiatives with the work of nonprofits, while prioritizing the goal of donor fulfillment in their giving. Prior to joining Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Tina was a senior philanthropic advisor at the Marin Community Foundation, one of the largest community foundations in the country, where she led a client portfolio of high net worth clients with combined assets of $147 million, all with diverse needs, interests and values. She also provided strategy and evaluation consulting to foundation clients with Blueprint Research + Design. Tina began her career over 20 years ago in Minnesota with the Women’s Funding Network and the Minnesota Council on Foundations and has lived in the Bay Area since the early 2000s. Tina holds a BA from Indiana University and an MA from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. When not working, Tina enjoys delicious meals cooked by her husband and is constantly fielding requests for boba tea and electronic devices from her two young boys.
Areas of Focus
Advisory
IT Manager

Kiet Huynh

IT Manager

Kiet Huynh

“Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.” -- Bill Bradley

Kiet joined Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in June 2017 as an IT Manager. As a member of the Operations Team, he supports and maintains the suite of business process applications, and works closely with various stakeholders of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, clients and vendors on troubleshooting day-to-day issues on various platforms. He is also responsible for the design, implementation and modification of templates and database reports, integrity and accuracy of databases, user account administration and security on various systems, mobile devices and desktop supports. Prior to joining Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in June 2017, Kiet was the IT Manager at Historic Hudson Valley in Tarrytown where he managed the network infrastructure at five different locations. He was also the IT Manager at National Hemophilia Foundation for several years. Kiet graduated from Baruch College in 1996 in Computer Information Systems. In his spare time, he likes to travel and plays table-tennis competitively.
Areas of Focus
Operations
Accounts Payable Specialist

Andres Lema

Accounts Payable Specialist

Andres Lema

“Little drops of water, Little grains of sand, Make the mighty ocean And the pleasant land” – Julia Abigail Fletcher Carney

Andres works in Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' Finance department. As an Accounts Payable Specialist, his responsibilities include ensuring that all payments to Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' vendors are completed in a timely manner. His favorite part of the job is seeing his work contribute to the success of the overall organization. Prior to Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, he was employed at The Fresh Air Fund for 8 years where he began as an intern and was promoted throughout the years to an Accounts Payable position. Andres holds a BA in Business Administration and Management from City College of New York. Outside of his work, he is extremely passionate about helping others and spends much of his free time volunteering at various charitable organizations.
Areas of Focus
Finance
Vice President, Sponsored Projects & Funds

Jane Levikow

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.

Jane joined Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in December 2012. She leads the organization’s Sponsored Projects Team, which offers administrative and programmatic platforms to help donors develop, launch and promote high-impact philanthropic projects around the world. In addition to her contributions to strategy development across the organization, she leads and manages client engagements and special initiatives for a diverse portfolio of sponsored projects. With her extensive experience in fiscal sponsorship, she serves as a resource on regulation and best practices to develop and deepen client relationships. Jane has more than 25 years of nonprofit management experience and is an expert in Fiscal Sponsorship. Jane served as the first Chair of the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors. Prior to joining Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, she served as Senior Vice President at Tides overseeing the Fiscal Sponsorship program and Vice President at Community Initiatives a community based fiscal sponsorship organization. She has also served as Executive Director of multiple nonprofits serving a range of issue areas. She has served in numerous capacities as Board member at a variety of nonprofits, including a number of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' sponsored projects as well as Rockwood Leadership Institute, Donor Direct Action, and The Pathway Home. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of San Francisco and a M.A. in Ethics with Social Ethics emphasis from Boston College.
Areas of Focus
Leadership, Sponsored Projects & Funds
Human Resources Manager

Sunie Lewis

Human Resources Manager

Sunie Lewis

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

Sunie works closely with the Sponsored Project Team to ensure efficient HR services to Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' project staff. She also partners with the Vice President of HR to develop and implement human resources programs to build and support the objectives and policies of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Prior to joining Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Sunie worked with NYU Langone Health in a variety of HR roles. During that time she also served on the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and Domestic Violence committees. Sunie graduated from Cornell University and Stony Brook University with degrees in Industrial Labor Relations and Human Resources Management. Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Sunie loves traveling and athletic sports.
Areas of Focus
Human Resources, Sponsored Projects & Funds
Human Resources Generalist

Jina Marini

Human Resources Generalist

Jina Marini

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do." --Steve Jobs

As an HR Generalist, Jina Marini is responsible for supporting the administration of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' human resources management functions, including recruitment and onboarding, performance management, training and development, employee relations, compensation and benefits, and compliance with policies and procedures and employment laws. Prior to joining Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Jina worked for five years at NYU Langone Medical Center in the Human Resources Department holding various positions which enabled her to develop a well-rounded exposure to all aspects of the human resources management functions. Jina graduated from Baruch College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Advertising Communications. She holds a Human Resources Management Certificate from Cornell University ILR School.
Areas of Focus
Human Resources
General Ledger Accountant

Michelle Ng

General Ledger Accountant

Michelle Ng

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

Michelle joined the Finance Team as Revenue Accountant in June 2015. She is responsible for generating invoices for advisory clients in all of the four offices. She is also responsible for processing all funds received and reconciling the accounts receivable ledger on a regular basis. Prior to Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Michelle was the Accountant for four years for N. Cheng & Co., a public accounting firm providing financial management services for mainly nonprofit organizations. She was responsible for preparing monthly financial statements and creating annual organizational budgets for clients. Michelle earned a BBA degree in Accounting with minor in Mathematics from Baruch College/CUNY. She was an intern at Morgan Stanley in the Tax Compliance department during her last year in college. She loves food and travelling.
Areas of Focus
Finance
Associate

Jesse Ostroff

Associate

Jesse Ostroff

Jesse loves the moment where months of planning and thought come together to make true change that stretch philanthropic dollars for years to come.

Jesse works with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' west coast advisory team in San Francisco to perform research on nonprofits, grantmaking and foundations, prepare presentations, implement programs, organize convenings, and develop and administer grantmaking services. His work with clients touches on issues in education, art and environmental justice. Before joining Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in summer 2018, Jesse worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA program outreach coordinator at New Door Ventures, a nonprofit and social enterprise focusing on workforce development training for disconnected youth in the Bay Area. He has held internships with Senator Dianne Feinstein and the CEELI Institute in Prague. Jesse graduated from the University of Michigan in 2016, where received he received B.A.s in Political Science and International Studies, and wrote a thesis on notions of nationalism in indigenous communities in south-central Chile. He is currently Vice President of the San Francisco chapter of Amigos de las Américas. Originally from southern California, Jesse is always in search of a beach, even in foggy San Francisco summers.
Areas of Focus
Advisory
Philanthropic Advisor

Naamah Paley Rose

Philanthropic Advisor

Naamah Paley Rose

The philanthropist Naamah most admires is Julius Rosenwald (d. 1932), a child of German Jewish immigrants who created the Sears Roebuck empire and practiced “giving while living” when he funded nearly 5,000 schools for African American children across the rural Jim Crow South.

Naamah is an Advisor in Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' New York City office and works with individuals, foundations and corporate clients on a range of donor services. She manages giving programs focused on medical research and mental health, libraries and universities, the arts, criminal justice, and broader social justice issues. Naamah has structured several research awards program, worked closely with grantees to craft complex multi-year gifts, and contributed to widely-circulated reports on Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' Scalable Solutions initiative. Naamah has lived and worked in the Middle East, Midwest and New York City. She has worked with a large international fund, a medium-sized family foundation, the flagship grantee of a foundation, and a peer-to-peer grantmaking program. She most recently served as a manager and senior program officer for the Bronfman Fellowships, where she ran educational programs and managed an Alumni Advisory Board. Previously, she worked at the New Israel Fund and Unbound Philanthropy, where she worked on operations and evaluation. She has particular expertise in immigrant and refugee grantmaking, grants management and engaging next gen donors. Naamah received her Masters of Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, and her B.A. in Middle Eastern and North African Studies from the University of Michigan (go blue!). She currently serves as a Board member for the Social Venture Fund for Jewish-Arab Equality and Shared Society, and also as the Grants Chair for a community giving circle. Naamah lives in Brooklyn with her husband and obese cat, all of whom fancy themselves to be urban farmers.
Areas of Focus
Advisory
Executive Assistant, Office of the President

Lea Park

Executive Assistant, Office of the President

Lea Park

"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away." — Pablo Picasso

Lea Park joined Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in Fall 2018 as Executive Assistant in the Office of the President.  In this role, Lea supports the Office of the President and the Corporate Secretary. Prior to Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Lea worked as a consultant, researcher, project coordinator, and as a curatorial staff assistant. Previously, Lea was with the Asian Cultural Council, where she provided administrative and project coordination support. Lea also worked in the Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art at the Harvard Art Museums providing curatorial support for their Asian art collection. Lea received her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and an M.A. from Stanford University. She is fluent in Korean and has also studied Chinese.
Senior Philanthropic Advisor

Liza Primeau

Senior Philanthropic Advisor

Liza Primeau

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

Liza joined Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in 2013 and works with the Donor Services Team, where she engages with a range of family foundations, corporate clients and individual donors. She has significant experience in grantmaking related to college access and success, social services, arts and culture and youth development. In addition, Liza has experience researching a variety of issue areas, while working with clients to develop and implement grant strategies and realize their philanthropic goals. Prior to joining RPA, Liza worked for six years as a Philanthropic Advisor at The Philanthropic Initiative of the Boston Foundation and for three years as a Research Associate at American Institutes for Research. Liza received her B.A. in Communications with a minor in History from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, VA. As a native Vermonter and former scooper, Liza can name the ingredients of most flavors of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
Senior Philanthropic Advisor

Jon Quinn

Senior 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

Jon joined Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in May 2014 as a Philanthropic Advisor based in the Chicago office. He works with individual, family, institutional, and corporate donors across the Midwest and around the country. In his time at RPA he has worked with a number of foundations re-tooling strategy in post-bankruptcy Detroit; managed a family foundation’s grantmaking focused on land conversation in the Intermountain West; provided counsel to a multinational corporation focused on improving college access for youth of color; and helped a family foundation in Chicago design a strategy to support the city’s infrastructure of small and mid-sized theaters. Previously, Jon was Donor Services and Initiatives Manager at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, where he managed the Foundation’s LGBTQ and Native grant programs, oversaw a project that uses crowd-sourced giving to support public school projects, and managed Foundation events and communications. Before joining the Santa Fe Community Foundation he was a Research Associate for the Peter G. Peterson Foundation in New York City, where he managed major projects focused on health care policy, national security policy, and youth engagement. Jon has also worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and was on the staff of President Obama’s 2008 campaign. Jon received a B.A. from The University of Chicago in 2004 and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University in 2010. He served on the planning committee for the 2013, 2014, and 2016 conference for Funders for LGBTQ Issues. He serves on the board of Barrel of Monkeys, a Chicago-based arts education organization that develops literacy and writing skills in Chicago Public Schools. He grew up on the Space Coast of Florida, where his grandfather worked on the Apollo program.
Areas of Focus
Advisory
Senior Philanthropic Advisor

Joanne Schneider

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.

Joanne joined the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors team in 2009. She helps individuals, families, corporations, and foundations at all points in the giving journey from just starting to think about how to engage in philanthropy to creating customized donor intent documents and dissolution plans. Her work includes helping clients determine priorities for giving, developing and implementing philanthropic strategies, and managing grantmaking initiatives and giving programs. She enjoys that her role enables her to work with passionate philanthropists across a wide range of issues and geographies to bring needed resources to important causes and to support solutions to our biggest challenges. Joanne has a diverse breadth of social sector experience. Prior to Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Joanne contributed to grantmaking and programs at the Skoll Foundation, the American Express Corporate Philanthropy Department, and the Morgan Stanley Community Affairs Department. She also managed the Volunteer Services Department of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, engaging donors and creating meaningful service opportunities. Joanne served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, Central Africa. Joanne holds a BS from the University of Michigan and a MBA from Columbia Business School, where her focus was Social Enterprise. Joanne serves on the board of RISE Yoga for Youth, a Bay Area nonprofit bringing yoga and wellness education to schools and youth organizations. To relax, Joanne likes to cook. Some of her favorite foods to make are pumpkin bread, egg frittatas, and African peanut stew.
Areas of Focus
Advisory
Manager, Communications & Partnerships

Dustin Sposato

Manager, Communications & Partnerships

Dustin Sposato

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

Dustin works with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' communications team to develop all external communications, website content, event coordination and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' publications, including the Philanthropy Roadmap suite of donor resource tools. He is also involved with business development and outreach, and provides research and editorial support on projects ranging from donor profiles to primers on impact investing.

Before joining Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in summer 2011, Dustin worked as a marketing and communications assistant at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Dustin graduated from Brown University in 2010, where he studied International Relations with a focus in Politics, Culture and Identity. He is a former member and communications chair of New York City's Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) Steering Committee. A Maine native, Dustin lives in Brooklyn and is always on the hunt for Moxie cola.

Areas of Focus
Communications & Partnerships
Project Management Associate

Cameron Stephenson

Project Management Associate

Cameron Stephenson

Cameron assists in the management of operations projects and initiatives, and supports staff in marketing, communications, as well as IT. Cameron has developed a passion for the planning, management and the facilitation of workstreams, which he uses daily to help strengthen and further the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors brand. Before joining the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors team in November 2017, Cameron supported the management and facilitation of large operations and IT programs, as an Associate Project Manager in the U.S. Home Improvement Department of Lowe’s Companies Inc., located in Mooresville, NC. Prior to his position at Lowe’s Companies Inc., he worked on IT initiatives as a Project Coordinator with CREF in Charlotte NC. Cameron also worked part-time as a licensed real estate broker alongside his mother, before moving to New York City. He is a graduate of East Carolina University, where he earned a B.S. in Communications and Business Administration. When not in the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' NYC offices, Cameron enjoys staying active by playing basketball or hitting the gym, reading, and exploring new places and activities.
Areas of Focus
Operations
Director, Financial Systems & Operations

Sheila Thélémaque

Director, Financial Systems & Operations

Sheila Thélémaque

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

Sheila has been a key member of the Operations team at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors since May 2008 and is the Director of Financial Systems & Operations. Her responsibilities include building out and supporting financial systems and project management for the organization. As a thought partner to the COO and SVP, Sheila is responsible for evaluating, recommending and implementing changes required to maintain IT infrastructure as well as the efficient day-to-day operations of all office activities. Prior to joining Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Sheila worked as an information services specialist for the Wildlife Conservation Society. She previously worked with Permal Asset Management as a Director of Information Systems, where she managed systems development by evaluating current and future business requirements. Sheila is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Kenya from 2004-2006 training the staff of Tulaga Farmers Dairy Co-Operative in the use of personal computers and Microsoft Office applications. Sheila received her B.S. in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business and her M.S.  in Information Systems from Pace University’s School of Computer Science & Information Systems. She is fluent in French and Créole.
Areas of Focus
Operations
Director, Knowledge Development

Olga Tarasov

Director, Knowledge Development

Olga Tarasov

"Each day we go to our work in the hope of discovering." — Nikola Tesla

Olga leads Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' knowledge development efforts, overseeing and advancing research, publications, and both internal and external programs to advance Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' role as a thought leader in the philanthropic space. To promote Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' expertise within the sector, she assesses and identifies opportunities to share findings, knowledge and experience from current client activities, as well as proposes new uses for existing Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors intellectual property. She also leads major thought leadership programs, including the Theory of the Foundation and Time Horizon initiatives, which seek to build knowledge and catalyze collaboration within the philanthropic sector. Previously, Olga worked at the National Endowment for Democracy, where she administered a grant portfolio supporting efforts to bring about social change, stimulate civic activism and improve local communities in Eastern Europe. Olga also has served as a spokesperson on issues affecting the region and the field of international philanthropy. Prior to NED, Olga served as a Program Manager and Acting Regional Director at the Open Society Foundations. Leading regular in-depth monitoring and evaluation of grantees and projects, Olga helped OSF to optimize its grantmaking, improve institutional learning and communicate achievements. Olga holds a Master of Arts, International Affairs from Georgetown University and a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University. She is a native English and Russian speaker, and counts Polish, Turkish, German and French among her other languages.
Areas of Focus
Advisory
Manager, Knowledge Management

Donita Volkwijn

Manager, Knowledge Management

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.

Donita joined Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in May 2012, and serves as Manager of Knowledge Management. Through her previous roles at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Donita has engaged with a range of individual donors and family foundations, and is now working with her team to catalog and disseminate organizational knowledge with the goal of enhancing Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' profile as a thought leader. Based in New York, she helps internal and external clients develop and implement effective strategies to achieve their philanthropic goals. She is deeply interested in creating and implementing a theory of change, not only as a means of harnessing knowledge, but also as a means of effecting cultural change that serves to inform the sector. Donita holds extensive experience in the performing arts, having sung in such varied places as London, Paris, Harare, San Francisco, and Tulsa. She attended Oberlin College for her undergraduate studies and The Cleveland Institute of Music for her graduate work, studied German literature and holds a B.M. and M.M in vocal performance. She was born in South Africa and has lived there as well as in Germany, Belgium, and the United States.
Areas of Focus
Advisory
Revenue Accountant

Aaron Xia

Revenue Accountant

Aaron Xia

Aaron joined the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors' Finance team as a Revenue Accountant in July 2016. As part of his role, he manages all aspects of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors revenue streams. He is a proactive partner with all our program staff, assisting with donations and invoicing. Aaron has a wide range of experience in various areas of accounting. Prior to joining Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Aaron worked as a Staff Accountant in N.Cheng LLP, a public accounting firm specializing in Nonprofit Auditing and Financial Management. Previously, he also worked at L-3 Communications as an Accounts Payable Associate. In his free time, Aaron enjoys playing sports, hiking and bike riding. Aaron graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor in Accounting. He has a cat named Cinna and a dog named Baltoy.
Areas of Focus
Finance
Chair

Wendy O’Neill

Chair

Wendy O’Neill

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

Wendy O’Neill is Chairman of the Asian Cultural Council, where she has been a trustee since 2009. In addition, she is chair-designate of the China Medical Board which she has served on since 2006. She served as a trustee of the Rockefeller Brothers’ Fund between 2005 and 2014, and was a member of American Women’s Association of Hong Kong’s Charitable Donations Committee between 2001 and 2009, serving as its chairman for three years. Wendy received an A.B. from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges in East Asian Studies and a M.A. from UCLA in History with a specialty in Chinese History. She has worked in China trade as well as investment and was the first foreign intern at China International Trust & Investment Company.
Vice Chair

Peter C. Rockefeller

Vice Chair

Peter C. Rockefeller

Peter C. Rockefeller is a managing director with Brock Capital Group.

Peter C. Rockefeller is a managing director with Brock Capital Group LLC. Brock Capital Group is a full service investment bank organized in 2002 to provide strategic advice and implementation support. Peter has an extensive background in finance and investing, with experience in private investments, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, capital markets, private equity and investment strategy. Prior to joining Brock Capital Group LLC, Peter was at G2 Investment Group, an early-stage private investing firm developing innovative structures in the private equity sector. Peter also worked with Berkshire Capital Securities, a New York based merger/acquisition advisor focused on serving clients in the investment management and securities industry. Prior to Berkshire, Peter worked at Citigroup Private Bank in the Global Investment Strategy Group, and at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in the international banking group. Peter received a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School at Dartmouth.
Treasurer

Adam Wolfensohn

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.

Adam Wolfensohn is Co-Managing Partner of Encourage Capital, a unique partnership of disciplined investors and creative problem-solvers, the new firm is working with major asset owners to deploy investment capital to solve problems like global ecosystem decline, climate change, and bringing financial services to the world’s poor. Previously, Adam was managing director at Wolfensohn Fund Management and also managed the Wolfensohn family office cleantech and environmental markets strategies. He produced the climate change documentary Everything’s Cool that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007. From 2002 to 2003, he worked with Conservation International to create a market for carbon credits from avoided deforestation projects. Prior to 2002, Adam composed music for numerous films, television commercials, and theater productions, as founder and CEO of “Red Ramona,” an award winning music and sound design studio in New York City. He is a trustee of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Yad Hanadiv and Bang on a Can. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Adam earned a B.A. from Princeton University and a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Board Member

Ana Marie Argilagos

Board Member

Ana Marie Argilagos

Ana Marie Argilagos is the President and CEO of Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP), a transnational network of foundations and philanthropists that makes impactful investments in the Latino community in the U.S. and across Latin America. She is guiding HIP with a bold vision: to usher in a new generation of philanthropy that is for, by, and about the Latino community. Under Ana Marie's leadership, HIP has spearheaded rapid responses to the biggest challenges facing Latinos today. HIP is coordinating a regional response to the migration crisis in the U.S. and Central America, supporting Puerto Rico's long-term recovery from Hurricane Maria, and investing in nonprofits to fight for an inclusive and accurate 2020 Census, among other critical efforts. Previously Ana Marie was a Senior Advisor at the Ford Foundation, where she focused on urban development strategies to reduce poverty, expand economic opportunity, and advance sustainability in regions across the world. She also served as Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where she created the Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation (IPI) to deepen and scale collaboration between public and philanthropic sectors. Previously, she taught international urban planning at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service; and was a Senior Program Officer at the Annie E. Casey Foundation; Director of the New Workplace for Women Project at the National Council of La Raza (now UNIDOS US); and Deputy Director of Ayuda, a community-based legal clinic serving immigrants in Washington, DC. Ana Marie is an entrepreneurial thinker bridging diverse agendas with a track record of working within the philanthropic, public, and nonprofit sectors. She received her master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University and her bachelor’s degree in international relations from American University.
Board Member

Anand Babu

Board Member

Anand Babu

Anand leads Kernel, Google AI’s venture studio that applies cutting-edge research to create world-positive products and businesses. Anand also co-founded Sidewalk Labs, the urban innovation arm of Alphabet that builds next-generation cities. He served as COO, leading its venture studio and incubating multiple companies including Coord Mobility, Cityblock Health and Replica. Prior to Google, Anand was a Director at Opower, a startup using real-time analytics to help utility customers save energy. At Microsoft, Anand catalyzed the shift to the cloud, developing the business case for the Azure developer platform and leading OneDrive to 200 million users to form the basis for Office 365. Previously, Anand led venture investments at Crosslink Capital focused on cloud infrastructure, solar energy and materials. Anand started his career as a consultant at Bain & Company. Originally from Peoria, Illinois, Anand earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and his MBA and M.S. in Engineering Management from Northwestern University / Kellogg School of Management.
Board Member

Mac Broderick

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.

Mac Broderick is VP of Midstream Commercial Development, at Tellurian Inc. (NASDAQ: TELL), a Houston-based energy company. He has worked at Tellurian since its founding, focusing on strategy and business development. Prior to his role at Tellurian, he worked in investment management in Russia and Ukraine. Mac is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and member of the Atlantik-Brücke. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, the school’s flagship publication. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in global investment management, and an M.A. in energy economics and international relations from the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. A sixth-generation member of the Rockefeller family, Mac is a graduate of Groton School and a native Detroiter.
Board Member

Kyungsun Chung

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.

Kyungsun Chung is the Founder and CEO of Root Impact, a non-profit that focuses on building capacity for the social innovation sector in Korea. Root Impact has partnered with RPA to fund and co-develop the “Global Philanthropy Accelerators” program for next-gen donors. Prior to founding Root Impact, Kyungsun was Founding Member of the Non-Profit Business Team at Asan Nanum Foundation, one of the largest privately endowed foundations in Korea. His main role was to design capacity building systems for non-profit professionals and organizations in Korea. Kyungsun is a frequent speaker on philanthropy and social innovation throughout Asia.
Board Member

Andrew Dayton

Board Member

Andrew Dayton

Andrew Dayton is a social entrepreneur with a passion for community development and social equity.

Andrew Dayton is a social entrepreneur with a passion for community development and social equity.

Most recently, Andrew served as the Deputy Director of Legislative and Government Affairs to San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee, leading the city’s wide array of policy and budgetary priorities at the state and federal levels, and overseeing the San Francisco’s lobbying efforts in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.

Andrew is also the co-founder and co-owner of North Corp, the umbrella company behind the transformation of a 130-year-old warehouse in Minneapolis, Minnesota into three award-winning businesses—a restaurant, craft cocktail bar, and men’s clothing store—that collectively employ nearly 100 people.

Andrew earned a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. from Yale University. He is a fifth generation member of the Rockefeller family.

Board Member

Cathy Frank Halstead

Board Member

Cathy Frank Halstead

Cathy Frank Halstead serves as a Trustee of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation. She is a co-founder and trustee of the Tippet Rise Art Center as well as of the Adrian Brinkerhoff Foundation, and a member of the Corporation of Brown University.

Cathy Frank Halstead serves as a Trustee of the Sidney E. Frank Foundation, which makes more than 90 annual grants in education, the arts, and the environment throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Additionally, she is also a co-founder and trustee of the Tippet Rise Art Center as well as of the Adrian Brinkerhoff Foundation. Cathy is also a member of the Corporation of Brown University.

Cathy is an abstract painter and has shown her work internationally for more than two decades. She and her husband, Peter, established the Tippet Rise Art Center on an 11,000-acre ranch north of Yellowstone National Park. The center provides a unique environment for music and theater in the shadow of the Beartooth Mountains. The Adrian Brinkerhoff Foundation focuses on classical poetry and drama, bringing them to new audiences in innovative ways.

Cathy is a returning board member to the Board of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. She served three consecutive full terms on the RPA Board from 2007 through 2015.

Board Member

Juanita James

Board Member

Juanita James

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

Juanita T. James is President & CEO of Fairfield County’s Community Foundation. Formerly, she was Chief Marketing & Communications Officer for Pitney Bowes and built a 20-year career with Time Warner and Bertelsmann. James is a Director for Asbury Automotive Group; First County Bank; former Director of the Rouse Company; Director for CFLEADS and the CT Council for Philanthropy. In 2015, she was named a Savoy Magazine “Power 300 - Most Influential Black Corporate Directors”. She is Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees at Lesley University, a Trustee Emerita of Princeton University, and a former Trustee of UCONN. She has earned honors including: American Cancer Society “Women Leading the Way to Wellness”, Girl Scouts of CT “Woman of Merit”, Moffly Media “Light a Fire”, NAACP “100 Most Influential Blacks in CT”, and “Stamford Citizen of the Year.” Ms. James holds Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Mitchell College and Fairfield University; an Honorary Associate Degree in Humane Letters from Housatonic Community College; an MS in Business Policy from Columbia University; and a Bachelor’s Degree from Princeton University.
Board Member

Michael Quattrone

Board Member

Michael Quattrone

Michael Quattrone serves as a Director of the David Rockefeller Fund, a family foundation that invests in catalytic ideas, people, efforts, and institutions working strategically toward ecological regeneration, justice system reform, and art for social impact. He also serves as a Trustee of the Rockefeller Brother’s Fund. Michael is a Co-founder of Heartfire, a nonprofit retreat organization that creates rituals to foster personal connection with earth, art, and heart. Other affiliations include the Global Philanthropists’ Circle, and the Hero’s Journey Foundation. Michael is a singer/songwriter whose record, One River, is available from Wolfe Island Records. Michael holds a BA in theatre and literature from Northwestern University, and an MFA in poetry from the New School.
Board Member

Luther Ragin, Jr.

Board Member

Luther Ragin, Jr.

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

Luther Ragin, Jr. is the retired President and Founding CEO of the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN). Prior to joining the GIIN he served as Vice President for Investments at the New York-based FB Heron Foundation for ten years. He oversaw the Foundation’s $300 million endowment, steadily increasing the impact investing allocation to more than 40 percent, while maintaining competitive, risk-adjusted total financial returns. Before joining the FB Heron Foundation, Luther was Chief Financial Officer of the National Community Capital Association, the Chief Financial Officer of Earl G. Graves Ltd., and Vice President of Syndications/Assets Sales for the North American Corporate Finance Sector at Chase. Luther is currently a member of the board of directors of the Altman Foundation and the Community Reinvestment Fund. In addition, he serves on the advisory boards of Morgan Stanley’s Institute for Sustainable Investing and the Economic Advancement Program of Open Society Foundations.
Board Member

Ryan C. Rockefeller

Board Member

Ryan C. Rockefeller

Ryan Rockefeller has spent the last decade as a serial entrepreneur, inventor, investor and artist. For the past four years Ryan has served as Co-Founder and CEO of Liyo, a social music streaming platform that lets users stream music and video from popular services live with friends and celebrities. He recently sold the company to Muzik Connect, a smart headphone maker, and is now working with them while simultaneously doing the Executive MBA Program at Columbia Business School. Ryan has also been an avid angel investor and is President of R2 Ventures, an early-stage venture fund he started with his brother. Prior to his work with startups, Ryan pursued music professionally, performing in venues around NYC in a band and as a solo artist. He has also been an active student of sculpture and painting. In the nonprofit sector, he sits on the Board and Executive Committee of Art21, a Peabody Award-winning organization dedicated to producing documentary of the world’s most esteemed artists. Ryan holds a B.A. in Religion and a certificate in Urban Planning from Princeton University.
Board Member

Valerie Rockefeller

Board Member

Valerie Rockefeller

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

A former middle school special education teacher specializing in adolescents with learning and emotional disabilities, Valerie began her teaching career at Central Park East Secondary School in East Harlem, New York and then taught in Australia. She also served as a confidential assistant to Secretary Richard Riley at the U.S. Department of Education during the first Clinton Administration.

Valerie is Chair of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and is a trustee of Achievement First, the Asian Cultural Council, D.C. Preparatory Academy, Greenwich Academy, the Gilder Lehrman Institute, and Teachers College Columbia University, and a former trustee of Spelman College. Valerie lives with her three children in Old Greenwich, CT.

Board Member

Theo Spencer

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.

Until October 2018, Theo Spencer was a Senior Policy Advocate at the Natural Resource Defense Council. Since joining in 2001 with the creation of NRDC’s Climate Center, Theo has worked on a wide variety of climate, land and water issues. Those include state, regional and federal vehicle and power plant emissions standards, efforts to overhaul the federal coal program, challenges to proposed new coal plants, and the impacts of climate change on water resources. He has also helped manage NRDC’s urban climate preparedness initiative. As a former reporter at Fortune magazine, he has worked with the financial community to raise awareness about risks posed by climate change, and opportunities in clean energy investment. Theo is a fifth generation member of the Rockefeller family. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and a Masters from UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
Board Member

Robin Strawbridge

Board Member

Robin Strawbridge

Robin Strawbridge has had a career in non-profit arts management and philanthropy. A San Francisco native, she worked in fine arts at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, the John Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco, and the American Paintings Department at Christie’s, New York. She also worked in marketing for J. Crew and the Gap. Robin has served on the boards of Southern Exposure Gallery in San Francisco and the Marin Horizon School in Mill Valley, CA. She is currently Vice Chair of the board at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA, and the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for No Bully, a non-profit working to eradicate bullying and cyberbullying worldwide. She is currently the Vice President of the Fleishhacker Foundation in San Francisco.
Board Member

Sarah Teacher

Board Member

Sarah Teacher

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

Sarah Teacher is Social Impact Investment Manager at Lendlease, an international integrated development, construction and investment management business. Sarah is responsible for developing social investment propositions for the business. Prior to her work at Lendlease Sarah was a Consultant at Sancroft International, an international sustainability consultancy focused on the social, environmental and ethical risks faced by major businesses in their supply chains, operations, and consumer base. Sarah joined Sancroft after completion of On Purpose, a one-year program for early-career professionals identified as future leaders in social enterprise. Prior to On Purpose, Sarah was Director for Next Generation Philanthropy at the Institute for Philanthropy, leading workshops in the UK, US, Rwanda, China and Turkey for philanthropists interested in increasing the impact of their giving. She co-founded the African Innovation Prize, an organization that worked to stimulate local student entrepreneurship in Rwanda (the organization closed its doors in September 2017). Sarah is a trustee of Avonbrook Projects Abroad, a charitable trust making grants to education projects in Africa. She graduated from Lady Margaret Hall College, Oxford, in 2005 with a first-class degree in Modern History, and obtained her MPhil in Development Studies from Clare College, Cambridge.
Board Member

Rien van Gendt

Board Member

Rien van Gendt

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

Rien van Gendt is the retired Executive Director of the Van Leer Group Foundation in Amstelveen, Netherlands. Previously, he worked at the University of Amsterdam, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, and served in the Netherlands as Deputy Secretary of the Scientific Council for Government Policy in the Cabinet of the Prime Minister and as Deputy Director of the State Administration Limburg. After his retirement in October 2007, he started Van Gendt Philanthropy Services. Rien serves on the supervisory/advisory boards of several foundations, non-profit organizations and corporations in the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland and the United States, including the Bernard van Leer Stiftung, European Cultural Foundation, Edli Foundation, IMC Weekend School, Partex BV, GSRD Foundation, Jewish Humanitarian Fund and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. He chairs the Board of Sofam BV, the Investment Committee of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, is managing director of Partex Oil and Gaz Holdings BV and a Senior Fellow of the Major Alliance in the Netherlands. In 2005, Rien received the Distinguished Grantmaker Award in the United States and, in 2013, the European Philanthropy Compass Prize.