Cordell Brown

Director, Sponsored Projects & Funds

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 70+ 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 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, 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.

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