Renee Karibi-WhyteVice President and Assistant Corporate Secretary
Renee Karibi-Whyte leads Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ efforts to share its research and expertise on impactful philanthropic practice with individuals, families, and organizations seeking to accelerate social change. As a member of the executive team and head of communications & partnerships, Renee is intimately involved with RPA’s Theory of the Foundation initiative, Strategic Time Horizon research, Philanthropy Roadmap guides, and other knowledge-based projects that help clients and the sector create more thoughtful, effective philanthropy. She works closely with RPA’s client services teams on convenings, speaking engagements, presentations, and partnerships domestically and internationally. Renee also develops RPA’s internal and external communications strategy, manages and stewards RPA’s brand, and oversees public relations.
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.