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.
Nick loves building systems that strengthen and build capacity for RPA’s clients and staff—leveraging technology for stronger programmatic outcomes.
Walter is driven by the opportunity to help donors turn talent and motivation into philanthropic impact.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” — Helen Keller
“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
“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffett
“Freedoms are not only the primary ends of development, they are also among its principal means.” — Amartya Sen
"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
“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
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.
“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
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.
Shermane relishes her RPA role as a “philanthropic matchmaker,” connecting thoughtful grantmakers with effective grantseekers around common areas of interest.
“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced...” - James Baldwin
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” — Theodore Roosevelt
Patrick believes a flourishing donor is the seed of social good—within the individual, then in the world.
Cordell believes that the foundation for success comes from creating connections across people, process and planning.
“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.” - Les Brown
“You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.” - Shirley Chisholm
“We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act but a habit.” — Aristotle
Elizabeth is motivated on a daily basis by the wide array of projects she supports that are working towards positive social change.
“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
“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” — Howard Zinn
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.
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." — Helen Keller
Amy believes that giving can create meaning for donors, inspire generosity in others, and build connections between people.
“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
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
“Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.” -- Bill Bradley
“Little drops of water, Little grains of sand, Make the mighty ocean And the pleasant land” – Julia Abigail Fletcher Carney
Jane thinks fiscal sponsorship is a great solution to funders and others wanting to carry out charitable activities.
Sunie loves what she does because of the unique role Human Resources plays in contributing to the overall success of an organization.
"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
“The results of philanthropy are always beyond calculation” — Miriam Beard
Jesse loves the moment where months of planning and thought come together to make true change that stretch philanthropic dollars for years to come.
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.
“How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment to improve the world.” — Anne Frank
“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
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.
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.
"Each day we go to our work in the hope of discovering." - Nikola Tesla
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." — Mahatma Gandhi
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.
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 has been a trustee of the China Medical Board since 2006 and of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors since 2010. She served as a trustee of the Rockefeller Brothers’ Fund between 2005-2014, and was a member of American Women’s Association of Hong Kong’s Charitable Donations Committee between 2001-09 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.
Peter C. Rockefeller
Peter C. Rockefeller is a managing director with Brock Capital Group.
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, an asset management firm focused on profitable and strategic investments to solve critical social and environmental problems. The organization was formed by the recent merger of Wolfensohn Fund Management and EKO Asset Management. Prior to 2015, Adam was a Partner at Wolfensohn Fund Management and a member of the Investment Committee. Since 2002, he has also managed the Wolfensohn family office cleantech and environmental markets strategies where he is an active investor in sustainability oriented funds and companies and for which he serves on the board of EKO asset management. From 2003 to 2006, he produced the climate change documentary, “Everything’s Cool,” that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007. Adam is a frequent speaker on sustainability and impact investment.
Adam is a director of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and is a Trustee of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Yad Hanadiv, the Harmony Institute, Bang on a Can and the Wolfensohn Family Foundation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and also serves on the Investment Committee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Adam earned a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.E.M. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Ana Marie Argilagos
Mac Broderick is Vice President, Strategy, at Parallax Energy, a liquefied natural gas (LNG)-focused project developer based in Houston, Texas.
Mac is a director of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, 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 member of the Atlantik-Brücke.
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 nonprofit 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 member of the Board of Directors of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and is a frequent speaker on philanthropy and social innovation throughout Asia.
Andrew Dayton is a social entrepreneur with a passion for community development and social equity.
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.
Luther Ragin, Jr.
Luther Ragin is the former President and Founding CEO of the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN).
Juanita James is the President & CEO of the Fairfield County Community Foundation.
Juanita T. James joined Fairfield County’s Community Foundation as President & CEO in October, 2011 following a 37-year corporate career. Most recently, Juanita served as chief marketing and communications officer at Pitney Bowes Inc.
Juanita is a member of the Board of Directors of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and Reading Is Fundamental, and locally has held board leadership roles for Curtain Call, Childcare Learning Center, Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford Symphony and the Ferguson Library. She is also a trustee of Lesley University, and the University of Connecticut, and trustee emerita of Princeton University. Juanita holds a Master's degree in business policy from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business and earned her Bachelor's degree in romance languages from Princeton University. She and her husband, Dudley Williams, Jr., have lived in Stamford for 25 years, and have one son, Dudley Williams III.
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 serves on the boards of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and is Chair of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. She 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.
Theo Spencer is a Senior Policy Advocate at the Natural Resource Defense Council and a fifth generation member of the Rockefeller family.
Theo Spencer is 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 serves on the board of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and 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.
Sarah Teacher is a Consultant at Sancroft International, an international sustainability consultancy.
Sarah Teacher is a Consultant at Sancroft International, an international sustainability consultancy. She works 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 works to stimulate local student entrepreneurship in Rwanda (now part of the African Entrepreneur Collective).Sarah is a director of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and 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.
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 has started Van Gendt Philanthropy Services.
Rien serves on the supervisory/advisory boards of several foundations, nonprofit organizations and corporations in the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, UK and the United States, including Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the Bernard van Leer Stiftung, Crecor BV, European Cultural Foundation, Foundation 1818, IMC Weekend school, International Council on Security and Development, Partners in Health, Dance4Life International, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Edli Foundation and the Cooperating Dutch Philanthropic Organisations/SBF. He chairs the Board of the Dutch Association of Foundations/FIN, the Cooperating Dutch Philanthropic Organisations/SBF, Sofam BV and is managing director of Partex Oil and Gaz Holdings BV. In 2005 Rien received the Distinguished Grantmaker Award in the United States and in 2013 the European Philanthropy Compass Prize.