THE ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION - Key Persons


Admiral Stavridis

Job Titles:
  • Chairman of the Board of the US Naval Institute
Admiral Stavridis is also the Chair of the Board of the US Naval Institute, the professional association of the Nation's sea services: Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine. He is a monthly columnist for TIME Magazine and Chief International Security Analyst for NBC News.

Agnes Binagwaho

Job Titles:
  • Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity
  • Vice Chancellor, the University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda
Agnes Binagwaho joined The Rockefeller Foundation board of trustees in 2019. Agnes Binagwaho is the Vice Chancellor of The University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda. She completed her MD in General Medicine at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles and her MA in Pediatrics MA at the Universite de Bretagne Occidentale. She returned to Rwanda in 1996. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from Dartmouth College and earned a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Rwanda College of Business and Economics, with her PhD Dissertation titled "Children's Right to Health in the Context of the HIV Epidemic".

Andrea Barrios

Job Titles:
  • PRI Portfolio Manager
Andrea currently works at the Rockefeller Foundation on the Innovative Finance portfolio, specifically focusing on harnessing finance to mobilize private capital for social and environmental outcomes. These new innovative finance solutions range from new investment vehicles, market opportunities or partnership models. The innovation portfolio uses a venture philanthropy model and Andrea supports the sourcing and diligencing of new financing solutions. In her early career, Andrea was an Operations Manager in the Athletics Department at the University of British Columbia, one of the largest in Canada with over fifty thousand enrolled students. Her focus on student learning outcomes led her to an invitation to a task force organized by the President's council and her training and hiring processes were integrated into other programs. During her time, she also identified new revenue streams and collaborated with the Finance Department on new forecasting models for the department. Andrea moved to the United States in 2014 and enrolled in a Masters of Business Administration program at the University of Virginia focusing on Investment Banking and Corporate Finance. During her time, she developed a pay for success model aimed at improving HIV patient outcomes in Washington D.C. Elements of the patient-centric approach have been adopted by several organizations in the design of similar models. Andrea holds an MBA from the University of Virginia's Darden Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia.

Ashley Chang

Job Titles:
  • Director, Program Influence and Campaigns / Communications, Policy and Advocacy

Ashvin Dayal - SVP

Job Titles:
  • Senior Vice President
  • in 2008 As Its Asia Managing Director
Ashvin Dayal leads the Foundation's global Power initiative aimed at scaling up energy access in order to drive economic and social development. He has overseen the Foundation's pioneering investments in the renewable energy mini-grid space in India and the establishment of Smart Power India, a dedicated platform to support the acceleration of last-mile electrification. As one of the Foundation's long-term priorities, Ashvin is responsible for shaping its global power investments with an ambitious goal of ending energy poverty and improving the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people over the next decade. Mr. Dayal joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2008 as its Asia Managing Director, running the Foundation's regional office in Bangkok, Thailand. From there he led the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network, a major nine-year partnership that equipped over 50 Asian cities to better cope with climate change impacts. He also oversaw the Foundation's global Inclusive Economies portfolio, a policy and research effort to advance development and impact investments that drive more broadly shared prosperity. Before joining the Foundation, he held a range of senior leadership roles over 15 years with Oxfam in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. This included leading its largest-ever relief and recovery effort in the aftermath of the 2004 Asian Tsunami, and overseeing the creation of Oxfam India. In addition to his experience across Asia, Ashvin also spent several years working in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, supporting post-conflict reconstruction and economic development programs in Bosnia, Yemen, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Ashvin holds a bachelor's degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and a master's degree from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins. He currently lives in Thailand and is in the process of relocating with his family to New York.

Bradley Bowen

Job Titles:
  • Finance
  • Manager of Accounting

Bridget Carle

Job Titles:
  • Senior Program Associate
Bridget Carle joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2019. Ms. Carle is a Senior Program Associate in the Foundation's Food Initiative, focusing on the Foundation's global strategy to advance a more nourishing and sustainable food system. Prior to joining The Rockefeller Foundation, Ms. Carle was a Vice President on Swiss Re's public-private partnerships team, managing client relationships and creating innovative financial solutions to societal issues around natural disasters, climate risks, and pandemics. Ms. Carle holds a Master's degree in Food Policy and Nutrition Science from the Friedman School at Tufts University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Management from Clemson University.

Caleb Ballou

Job Titles:
  • Associate
  • Principal
Caleb Ballou joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2017. As Associate Principal, he is responsible for supporting the Foundation's Program-Related Investments (PRI) portfolio by sourcing, executing, and managing investments that address critical social and environmental challenges at scale. Before joining the Foundation, Caleb was a Senior Associate at Marakon Associates, a management consulting firm, where he advised Fortune 1000 companies in the manufacturing, construction, and financial services sectors. Previously, Caleb spent five years in high yield, distressed debt and restructuring as an Assistant Vice President at Eaton Vance in Boston and London. During graduate school, he also spent time with Cornerstone Capital (ESG investment research), Inspiring Capital (management consulting to nonprofits & social enterprises), the Rockefeller Foundation's PRI team, and with social enterprises in consumer goods (Kopali Organics) and hospitality (Kin Travel). Caleb received a BA in Linguistics and English Literature from Dartmouth College, MBA and MA (International Affairs) degrees from Columbia, and holds the CFA charterholder designation.

Charlanne Burke

Job Titles:
  • Director, Integrated Operations
Charlanne Burke joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 1991. As Associate Director, she assists in developing strategic direction and providing administrative oversight for select Foundation initiatives. She is currently working on initiatives devoted to strengthening disease surveillance networks in southeast Asia and Africa, and improving the lives of workers in America. Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation, Dr. Burke served in the Peace Corps in Lesotho, Southern Africa. She also has worked as an adjunct assistant professor of anthropology in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Dr. Burke received a bachelor's degree from the University of California, San Diego, a master's degree in education from Teachers College, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Clare Boland Ross - Managing Director

Job Titles:
  • Managing Director
Clare Boland Ross joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2014. As the Managing Director for the Power Initiative, Mrs. Boland Ross currently works with internal teams and external partners to develop the strategy for the Rockefeller Foundation's new energy initiative. Prior to this role, Mrs. Boland Ross led Partnerships and Innovation for the Foundation's Smart Power for Rural Development initiative. The Smart Power initiative works with a range of partners to provide access to energy and livelihood opportunities for rural communities in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar through the establishment of renewable energy mini-grids. Prior to joining The Rockefeller Foundation, Mrs. Boland Ross helped to set up a chain of affordable high schools in the Philippines and worked with companies in Asia to responsibly address opportunities at the bottom of the pyramid. Previously she worked with Aavishkaar, an impact investing fund, where she invested in and supported early-stage enterprises in rural India. Mrs. Boland Ross started her career with The Boston Consulting Group where she worked in the New York, Mumbai, and London offices. She received a bachelor's degree in economics from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Corina Cortez

Job Titles:
  • Senior Vice President of Strategic Opportunities
  • Senior Vice President, Strategic Opportunities / President
As Senior Vice President of Strategic Opportunities, Corina Cortez oversees the Foundation's Opportunities Fund and also looks across the Foundation's portfolios and organizational assets to identify new ways for the Foundation to advance equal opportunity in the United States. Corina served as the Chief of Staff of The Rockefeller Foundation two years prior, working with the President of the Foundation to set and advance the organization's objectives, provide strategic counsel on priorities, and assist in managing external initiatives and relationships. Prior to joining the foundation, Ms. Cortez spent more than 25 years in Washington, DC, working at the intersection of public policy, politics, advocacy, and communications. Ms. Cortez served as a senior advisor to the Executive Director of the three million-member National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest education association, with a $350 million budget, 52 state affiliates, and 14,000 local organizations. In addition to serving on the Executive Director's leadership cabinet, Ms. Cortez previously held a variety of senior management and executive roles - including Manager of State Policy and Politics and National Political Director. With the support of NEA's leadership and state affiliates, she created several national and state sister 501c3, 501c4 and 527 issue advocacy and political organizations dedicated to working with students, parents, educators, and communities to advance quality public schools. Prior to joining NEA, Ms. Cortez served as the Deputy Chief of Staff of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a $7.4 billion federal agency with 18,000 employees. She was promoted to Chief of Staff and served as the Administrator's point person on legislative, regulatory, and management priorities. Ms. Cortez also worked at the Children's Defense Fund where she managed a national field team devoted to building community support for legislative priorities. One of her proudest achievements is helping to secure congressional passage of the landmark State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) for uninsured children. While earning her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, Ms. Cortez worked in the White House Office of Political Affairs and the Office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. She also worked at the public relations firm of Fingerhut, Powers, Smith & Associates, where she managed advocacy and communications campaigns. Ms. Cortez received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in San Antonio, Texas at the University of Incarnate Word, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Debbie Wright - SVP

Job Titles:
  • Senior Vice President
  • Senior Vice President for U.S. Jobs & Economic Opportunity
Debbie Wright is the Senior Vice President for U.S. Jobs & Economic Opportunity at The Rockefeller Foundation where she and her team work to ensure everyone living and working in the United States has access to a good job and a secure future-even as the economy, the job market, and the workplace change. Before coming to The Rockefeller Foundation, Debbie served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Carver Bancorp Inc. and Carver Federal Savings Bank, a federally chartered savings bank and the nation's largest publicly-traded African-American led bank. Debbie joined Carver in 1999 after serving as President and CEO of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation, a fund which spurred redevelopment in Harlem. Previously, Debbie was Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing, Preservation and Development, where she funded development of 21,000 affordable housing units and managed 43,000 residential properties. She also held roles with the New York City Housing Authority Board and the Partnership for New York City. She served under New York City mayors David Dinkins and Rudolph Giuliani. Most recently, Ms. Wright was a Senior Fellow for Economic Opportunity Issues at the Ford Foundation and serves on the boards of directors for Citi, and Memorial Sloan Kettering; previously, she served on the public boards of Time Warner, Voya Financial, and Kraft Foods. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, and Radcliffe College.

DOMINICK IMPEMBA

Job Titles:
  • CONTROLLER, THE ROCKEFELLER FO
  • Director

Donald Kaberuka

Dr. Donald Kaberuka joined The Rockefeller Foundation board of trustees in 2015. Dr. Kaberuka was most recently the President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), responsible for reducing poverty in Africa through spurring sustainable economic development and social progress in 54 member countries, with an authorized capital in excess of $43.5 billion. He was elected in 2005, becoming the bank's seventh President, and serving two terms. His tenure is described as the most successful decade in the history of the Bank, ably steering AfDB against the backdrop of historic change in Africa. Under his leadership, AfDB placed increased emphasis on the private sector, and on the importance of major infrastructure developments in road, railways, power plants and communications etc., to help promote regional integration and development in Africa. He implemented a ten year strategy focused on encouraging private sector activity to absorb the 15 million African youth that join the work force annually, and in 2009 in response to the global financial crisis, AfDB made record approvals of loans and grants totaling more than $12.6 billion, helping Africa avoid serious damage. In 2014, AfDB provided $223 million to help fight Ebola in Africa and to help rebuild affected economies. Before joining AfDB, Dr. Kaberuka had a distinguished career in banking, international trade and development and government service. A national of Rwanda, he was the country's Minister of Finance and Economic Planning between 1997 and 2005. Dr. Kaberuka was educated at universities in Tanzania and Scotland. He holds a PhD in Economics from Glasgow University.

Dr. Naveen Rao

Job Titles:
  • Leader
  • Senior Vice President & Senior Advisor to the President
  • Senior Vice President of the Health Initiative
Dr. Naveen Rao is Senior Vice President of the Health Initiative at The Rockefeller Foundation. He leads a team focused on advancing Precision Public Health, which empowers community health workers with actionable insights from data and analytic tools to accelerate progress on health outcomes in their communities. Launched in September 2019, the Precision Public Health initiative builds off the Foundation's legacy on Universal Health Coverage to ensure that communities everywhere receive the right care at the right time. For decades, Dr. Rao has been a leader in equipping health care providers with the skills, tools, and technologies they need to succeed. He comes to the Foundation after a 25-year career with Merck & Co., Inc., where he most recently led Merck for Mothers, the company's 10-year, $500 million initiative to reduce maternal mortality around the world. In this capacity, Dr. Rao was responsible for leveraging the company's science and business expertise to accelerate progress in reaching the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals and advancing the company's mission to improve and save lives. Prior to leading Merck for Mothers, Dr. Rao was Head of Medical Affairs for Merck's Asia-Pacific region and Managing Director of Merck's subsidiary in India. Prior to joining Merck in 1993, he was the Associate Director of the Department of Medicine at Beekman-Downtown Hospital and practiced Internal Medicine in New York City for 10 years. Dr. Rao is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Medic Mobile and represents The Rockefeller Foundation on the Private Foundation constituency of Global Fund ATM. His passion is to harness data science to strengthen community health and end preventable mortality.

Dr. Rajiv J. Shah - President

Job Titles:
  • President
  • a New Partnership to Build a More Resilient Planet
  • Delivering on the Promise of "Health for All
  • Introducing Data Science for Social Impact
  • Rising Obesity in Africa Reflects a Broken Global Food System
  • to Meet the SDGs by 2030, We Must Attract New Streams of Impact Capital
  • What the Asia - Pacific Can Teach Us about the Power of Collaboration and Commitment
Dr. Shah serves as President of the Rockefeller Foundation, a global institution with an unparalleled track record of success carrying out its founding mission: to promote the well-being of humanity around the world. Over its century long history, the Rockefeller Foundation has embraced scientific frontiers to lift up vulnerable children and families. Today, the Rockefeller Foundation seeks to apply science, technology, and innovation to this task and end preventable child and maternal mortality, transform food systems to reduce the global burden of disease, end energy poverty for millions in Africa and Asia, and enable meaningful economic mobility in the United States and around the world. Dr. Shah brings over twenty years of experience in business, government, and philanthropy to The Rockefeller Foundation. In 2009, he was appointed to serve as USAID Administrator by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Dr. Shah was charged with reshaping the $20 billion agency's operations to provide greater assistance to pressing development challenges around the globe. In this role he also led the U.S. response to the Haiti earthquake and the West African Ebola crisis, and served on the National Security Council. By elevating innovation and public-private partnerships, and shifting how dollars were spent to deliver stronger results, Shah secured bipartisan support that enabled USAID to dramatically accelerate its work to end extreme poverty, including the passage of two significant Presidential priorities - Feed the Future and Power Africa and the Global Food Security Act, which is the second largest global development legislation after PEPFAR. Shah's work delivered results for countries facing democratic transitions, post-conflict situations, and humanitarian crises, and is widely credited with providing life-saving access to food, health, and water for millions of children across the planet. When Dr. Shah left USAID in 2015, he continued to follow his passion for creating opportunities for communities to thrive in the developing world by founding Latitude Capital, a private equity firm focused on power and infrastructure projects in Africa and Asia. He was also appointed a Distinguished Fellow in Residence at Georgetown University. Prior to his appointment at USAID, Shah served as Chief Scientist and Undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics at the United States Department of Agriculture. He also served in a number of leadership roles at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he helped launch the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (a joint venture by the Gates and Rockefeller foundations) and the International Financing Facility for Immunization (credited with raising more than $5 billion for childhood immunizations worldwide) and where he supported the creation of the Global Development Program. Raised outside of Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Shah is a graduate of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and the Wharton School of Business, and has been awarded honorary degrees from Tuskegee University, American University, and Colby College. His service and contributions have been recognized by the Department of State, the U.S. Global Leadership Council, the World Economic Forum, Tufts University, and Fortune Magazine. He and his wife, Shivam Mallick Shah reside in Washington, DC with their three children. Dr. Rajiv J. Shah President, President's Office Steve VanRoekel Chief Operating Officer, Operations Zia Khan Senior Vice President, Innovation Ashvin Dayal Senior Vice President, Power Initiative Debbie Wright Senior Vice President, U.S. Jobs and Economic Opportunity Initiative Naveen Rao, MD Senior Vice President & Senior Advisor to the President, Health Initiative Roy Steiner Senior Vice President, Food Initiative Corina Cortez Senior Vice President, Strategic Opportunities, President's Office María Santos Valentin General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Legal, Ethics & Governance

Emilia Carrera

Job Titles:
  • Senior Program Associate, Economic Resilience

ERICA GUYER - Secretary

Job Titles:
  • Company Secretary

Hillary Clinton

Job Titles:
  • Secretary
Admiral James Stavridis joined The Rockefeller Foundation board of trustees in 2018. A Florida native, Jim Stavridis attended the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, and spent over thirty years in the Navy, rising to the rank of 4-star Admiral. Among his many commands were four years as the 16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, where he oversaw operations in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, the Balkans, and piracy off the coast of Africa. He also commanded US Southern Command in Miami, charged with military operations through Latin America for nearly three years. He was the longest serving Combatant Commander in recent US history. In the course of his career in the Navy, he served as senior military assistant to the Secretary of the Navy and the Secretary of Defense. He led the Navy's premier operational think tank for innovation, Deep Blue, immediately after the 9/11 attacks. He won the Battenberg Cup for commanding the top ship in the Atlantic Fleet and the Navy League John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational leadership, along with more than 50 US and international medals and decorations, including 28 from foreign nations. He also commanded a Destroyer Squadron and a Carrier Strike Group, both in combat. In 2016, he was vetted for Vice President by Secretary Hillary Clinton, and subsequently invited to Trump Tower to discuss a cabinet position with President Donald Trump. He earned a PhD from The Fletcher School at Tufts, winning the Gullion prize as outstanding student in his class in 1983, as well as academic honors from the National and Naval War Colleges as a distinguished student. He speaks Spanish and French. Jim has published eight books on leadership, the oceans, maritime affairs, and Latin America, as well as hundreds of articles in leading journals. An active user of social networks, he has tens of thousands of connections on the social networks. His TED talk on 21st century security in 2012 has had over 700,000 views. He tweeted the end of combat operations in the Libyan NATO intervention. His memoir of the NATO years, "The Accidental Admiral," was released in October 2014, and he has two books out in 2017: "The Leader's Bookshelf: 50 Books That Make Us Better Leaders" in March and "Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the Oceans" in June.

Isabel Beltran

Job Titles:
  • Director, Resilience & Energy

Jose Aron-Diaz

Job Titles:
  • Director, IT Solutions Delivery
Jose Aron-Diaz joined The Rockefeller Foundation in May 2012. As an Associate Director, he works closely with the Chief Technology Officer to plan, direct and execute the implementation of all computer applications and user-facing services. Prior to joining the Foundation, Jose worked as a project manager for multiple software companies. In addition, he worked for 2 years as an Implementation Manager for Automatic Data Processing (ADP), helping companies transition or upgrade their HR Systems. He received a bachelor's degree in information systems from Marist College and a master's in environmental policy and sustainability management from Milano School of International Affairs at The New School.

Lawrence Cacciatore

Job Titles:
  • Executive Assistant
  • Finance

Logan Appel - COO

Job Titles:
  • Director of Operations
  • Director of Operations, Information Technology
Logan Appel joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2016. As an IT director, Mr. Appel coordinates the development of custom-built applications, implementation of SaaS solution and application support. He brings with him years of experience working in the IT field for various industries all across the U.S., with a background in software support, business analysis, and project management. Most recently, Logan worked as a ScrumMaster (an Agile project manager) at a private equity firm where he leads a team of developers in software design and support. Logan started his career in Alaska working for an oil and gas company where he learned how to support software, manage servers and run IT projects. Mr. Appel received his bachelor's degree in Management Information systems from Kansas State University. Logan Appel Director of Operations, Information Technology Jose Aron-Diaz Director, IT Solutions Delivery, Information Technology William Asiko Managing Director, Africa Region Office Caleb Ballou Associate Principal, Innovative Finance Andrea Barrios PRI Portfolio Manager, Innovative Finance Thomas Belazis Associate Principal, Innovative Finance Isabel Beltran Director, Resilience & Energy, Power Initiative Lorenzo Bernasconi Managing Director, Innovative Finance Manisha Bhinge Managing Director, Programs, Health Initiative Paola Bianchi Administration Manager, Bellagio Center Clare Boland Ross Managing Director, Power Initiative Bradley Bowen Manager of Accounting, Finance Sundaa Bridgett-Jones Director, Policy, Communications, Policy and Advocacy Robin Bristow Executive Assistant, Climate and Resilience Charlanne Burke Director, Integrated Operations, Health Initiative Lawrence Cacciatore Executive Assistant, Finance Bill Cardinale Facilities Manager, Employee Services Bridget Carle Senior Program Associate, Food Initiative Emilia Carrera Senior Program Associate, Economic Resilience, U.S. Jobs and Economic Opportunity Initiative Tachit Chairat Senior Associate, Power Initiative Ashley Chang Director, Program Influence and Campaigns, Communications, Policy and Advocacy

Lorenzo Bernasconi - Managing Director

Job Titles:
  • Managing Director
Lorenzo Bernasconi joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2013. As Senior Associate Director, he is responsible for the Foundation's innovative finance and impact investing portfolio. His work focuses on identifying and shaping new financing solutions that unlock private sector capital to address the world's most critical problems with a focus on the Foundation's dual goals of building resilience and promoting inclusive economies. Prior to joining The Rockefeller Foundation, he worked at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, the Boston Consulting Group and in the investment banking division of UBS. Dr. Bernasconi holds dual Ecuadorian and Swiss citizenship. He received a bachelor's degree in economics at the London School of Economics, completed a PhD at Cambridge University and a post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University's Earth Institute. He sits on the board of Spring Bank, a Bronx-based community bank focused on the underbanked communities of New York City.

Manisha Bhinge

Job Titles:
  • Managing Director, Programs
Manisha Bhinge joined the Rockefeller Foundation in October 2016 and serves as a Managing Director for Health. Manisha leads program strategy and manages the portfolio of implementation partners for the Rockefeller Foundation's Precision Public Health Initiative. She has over a decade and a half of experience in social innovation and implementation science in global health. Prior to this role, she created and lead the strategic partnerships office at the Tata Trusts, India's oldest philanthropic organization and launched The India Health Fund, a leverage fund in collaboration with the Global Fund. In addition, Manisha was Vice President at BRAC, the world's largest NGO for over six years, where she developed and managed programs that promote access to health, education, economic empowerment, and social justice. She has worked extensively across Africa and South Asia on community-based service delivery and women's health and empowerment Manisha's experience includes management of field operations, program strategy and design and partnerships for scaling innovation. She spent her early career in the private sector working in technology consulting and then at the UN. She is a graduate of Harvard University with specializations in health economics and international development, as well as an undergraduate focus on computer science and mathematics.

Martin L. Leibowitz

Job Titles:
  • Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley Research
  • Vice Chairman of the Morgan Stanley Research Department
Martin L. Leibowitz joined The Rockefeller Foundation board of trustees in 2012. Martin L. Leibowitz is the Vice Chairman of the Morgan Stanley Research Department's global strategy team. Over the past eight years, he and his associates have produced a series of studies on such topics as asset allocation, policy portfolios, rebalancing strategies, and asset/liability management. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Leibowitz was vice chairman and chief investment officer of TIAA-CREF from 1995 to 2004, with responsibility for the management of over $300 billion in equity, fixed income, and real estate assets. Previously, he had a 26-year association with Salomon Brothers where he became director of global research, covering both fixed income and equities, and was a member of that firm's Executive Committee. Mr. Leibowitz received both A.B. and M.S. degrees from The University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Courant Institute of New York University. He has written over 200 articles on various financial and investment analysis topics, and has been the most frequent author published in both the Financial Analysts Journal (FAJ) and the Journal of Portfolio Management (JPM). Ten of his FAJ articles have received the Graham and Dodd Award for excellence in financial writing. In February 2008, an article written by Mr. Leibowitz and his associate Anthony Bova was voted Best Article in the 9th Annual Bernstein Fabozzi/Jacobs Levy Awards by the readers of JPM. In 1992, Investing, a volume of his collected writings, was published with a foreword by William F. Sharpe, the 1990 Nobel Laureate in Economics. In 1996, his book Return Targets and Shortfall Risks was issued by Irwin Co. In 2004, two of his books were published: a compilation of studies on equity valuation, titled Franchise Value (John Wiley & Co.), and a revised edition of his study on bond investment, Inside the Yield Book (Bloomberg Press). The first edition of Inside the Yield Book was published in 1972, went through 21 reprintings, and remains a standard in the field. The new edition includes a foreword by noted economist Henry Kaufman. In 2008, Mr. Leibowitz co-authored a book which focused on active equity strategies, Modern Portfolio Management (John Wiley & Co.). Another volume, The Endowment Model of Investing, co-authored with Anthony Bova and Brett Hammond of TIAA-CREF, was published in 2010, also by John Wiley & Co. Peking University Press is publishing a Mandarin edition of the Endowment Model scheduled for release in March, 2012. Mr. Leibowitz has received three of the CFA Institute's highest awards: the Nicholas Molodowsky Award in 1995, the James R. Vertin Award in 1998, and the Award for Professional Excellence in 2005. In October 1995, he received the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Public Securities Association, and in November 1995 he became the first inductee into The Fixed Income Analyst Society's Hall of Fame. He has received special Alumni Achievement Awards from The University of Chicago and New York University, and in 2003 was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Mr. Leibowitz serves on the investment advisory committee of Singapore's GIC, the Harvard Management Corporation, the Carnegie Corporation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ.

María Santos Valentin - Chief Legal Officer, Secretary

Job Titles:
  • Corporate Secretary
  • General Counsel
  • Member of the New York Bar
As The Rockefeller Foundation's General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Maria Santos Valentin oversees and advises the Foundation on a broad range of legal matters. Prior to joining the Foundation, Santos Valentin worked at the Soros Economic Development Fund - part of the Open Society Foundations - since its inception in 1998, most recently serving as Secretary and General Counsel. In this capacity, she structured and negotiated the fund's more than 40 innovative program-related investments around the world, primarily in Central and Eastern Europe, India, Africa and the Middle East, which totaled over $200 million. The investments focused on increasing financial inclusion around the world and improving the lives of smallholder farmers, refugees and migrants - ranging from a project that helped provide over 300,000 owned affordable housing units in South Africa, to establishing a wholly-owned holding company in India, Aspada, which was the first of its kind to be created by a private foundation. Prior to her work at the Soros Economic Development Fund, Santos Valentin worked for 10 years as an international corporate securities lawyer, first for Brown & Wood, based in the United States, and then Clifford Chance, based in the United Kingdom. In that capacity, Santos Valentin worked on emerging market capital markets transactions in Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America, many of which were the first such issuances out of the country, including Spain, Romania, Argentina, and China. In addition, she worked for two years as a senior commercial associate with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, where she helped structure a small business lending program. Santos Valentin is a member of the New York Bar and the American Bar Association, and was also appointed to the Water Board of New York City by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, serving in that role from 2003 to 2008. Santos Valentin holds a B.A. in economics from Fordham University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

Mellody Hobson

Job Titles:
  • President of Ariel Investments
Mellody Hobson joined The Rockefeller Foundation board of trustees in 2018. Mellody Hobson is President of Ariel Investments, responsible for firm-wide management and strategic planning, overseeing all operations outside of research and portfolio management. Additionally, she serves as chairman of the board of trustees for Ariel Investment Trust. Beyond her work at Ariel, Mellody has become a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy and investor education. She is a regular contributor and analyst on finance, the markets and economic trends for CBS News. She also contributes weekly money tips on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and pens a column for Black Enterprise magazine. As a passionate advocate for investor education, she is a spokesperson for the Ariel/Hewitt Study: 401(k) Plans in Living Color and the Ariel Black Investor Survey, both of which examine investing patterns among minorities. Mellody is vice chair of the Board of Starbucks Corporation and a director of JPMorgan Chase. Her community outreach includes serving as chairman of After School Matters, a non-profit that provides Chicago teens with high-quality, out-of-school time programs. She is chair of The Economic Club of Chicago's board of directors, co-chair of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, and a board member of The Chicago Public Education Fund and George Lucas Education Foundation. She is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Rockefeller Foundation Board of Trustees, and serves on the executive committee of the Investment Company Institute's board of governors. In 2015, Mellody was named to Time Magazine's annual list of the one hundred most influential people in the world. Mellody earned her AB from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy. She has also received honorary doctorate degrees from Howard University, St. Mary's College, University of Southern California and Johns Hopkins University.

Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli

Job Titles:
  • Co - Founder of Sahel Consulting
  • Director for Nigerian Breweries Plc
  • Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli Co - Founder
Ndidi is a Co-Founder of Sahel Consulting: Agriculture & Nutrition Ltd. and serves as its managing partner. She has 23 years of experience in international development, and through her work with Sahel has shaped agriculture strategy and policy and launched innovative businesses and ecosystem solutions in partnership with clients in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She is also the co-founder of AACE Foods, a social enterprise which processes nutritious food made from the best of West Africa's cereals, herbs, pulses, and spices. She is the founder of LEAP Africa which works across Africa inspiring, empowering and equipping the next generation of dynamic, principled and innovative young leaders. Ndidi serves as a director for Nigerian Breweries Plc (Heineken). Godrej Consumer Products India, Fairfax Africa, World Vegetable Center and on the Royal DSM Sustainability Board. She is the author of "Social Innovation in Africa: A Practical Guide for Scaling Impact," published by Routledge. She is a TED Global speaker and her work has been featured on CNN, BBC, Bloomberg and a range of other international and local media outlets.

Paola Bianchi

Job Titles:
  • Administration Manager

Patty Stonesifer

Job Titles:
  • Outgoing President and CEO of Martha 's Table
Patty Stonesifer is the outgoing President and CEO of Martha's Table, a non-profit organization in Washington, DC committed to supporting strong children, strong families, and strong communities by increasing access to quality education, health, and family supports. Patty previously advised business, nonprofit, and government leaders on strategies for reducing inequity and was appointed in 2010 by President Obama to serve as the Chair of the White House Council for Community Solutions. In 2012, she completed her term as Chair of the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents. In the ten years prior, she was the founding CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Patty sits on DC's State Early Childhood Development Coordinating Council (SECDCC), serves on the board of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, is a member of the Circle of Allies and Champions for the National Council of Young Leaders, an Advisory Board Member for America Achieves, and is on the Executive Committee of RaiseDC. Patty is a member of the Economic Club of Washington, DC and serves as an at-large member of the Federal City Council's Executive Committee. She also serves as a director on the board of Amazon.com. Before joining the Gates Foundation, Patty spent two decades working in technology, with her final role as Senior Vice President at Microsoft Corporation leading the consumer and interactive products division. Patty served as a member of the US delegation to the United Nations General Assembly Special Sessions on AIDS, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Council on Foreign Relations. She is a graduate of Indiana University, and has received honorary doctorate degrees from Indiana University, Tufts University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Paul Polman - Chairman

Job Titles:
  • Chairman
  • Chairman, International Chamber of Commerce and the B Team
Paul Polman is Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), The B Team and Vice-Chair of the U.N. Global Compact. A leading proponent that business can - and should - be a force for good, he was described recently by The Financial Times as "A standout CEO of the past decade", whose role in helping to redefine the relationship between business and society has been "path-breaking". As CEO of Unilever (2009-2018), he demonstrated that a long-term, multi-stakeholder model - captured in the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan - goes hand-in-hand with good financial performance. During his tenure, Unilever was one of the best-performing companies in its sector, delivering ten years of consistent top and bottom line growth. In recognition of his commitment to driving transformational change, Paul was appointed to the U.N. Secretary General's High-level Panel that developed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He has played a leading role since in highlighting the business case for the 2030 development agenda, including as a founder member of the Business & Sustainable Development Commission. He also remains a U.N.-appointed SDG Advocate. Paul actively engages across industry sectors and global organisations to build scale and maximise impact, including as a leading member of Focusing Capital on the Long-Term (FCLTGlobal), the Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism, the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and the Food and Land Use Coalition, which he chairs. Conscious of the role that tomorrow's leaders will play in tackling our most pressing environmental and social challenges, Paul actively supports and mentors' young leaders, including as a Counsellor and Chair of the Global Advisory Board of One Young World. In recognition of his contribution to responsible business, Paul has received numerous awards, including the Rainforest Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award, the U.N. Environment Programme's Champion of the Earth Award, the Oslo Business for Peace Award and 13 honorary degrees. He has been honoured with France's Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, in recognition of his role in the historic 2015 U.N. Climate Change agreement in Paris. In 2018 was named an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) for services to business. He is also a recipient of the Public Service Star from the Government of Singapore and received the Treaty of Nijmegen medal. Paul has extensive experience of the fast-moving consumer goods industry, having served in senior leadership roles at both Nestle and Procter & Gamble prior to becoming CEO of Unilever in 2009. Since 2010, he has been a non-executive director of Dow. Together with his wife, Kim, Paul founded and helps to run the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust, which works to improve the lives of blind and visually impaired children in East Africa.

Ravi Venkatesan

Job Titles:
  • Founder of Social Venture Partners India
  • Special Representative for Young People & Innovation, UNICEF
Ravi Venkatesan joined The Rockefeller Foundation board of trustees in 2014. Ravi is UNICEF's Special Representative for Young People & Innovation and also the founder of the Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (GAME) , a coalition which aims to create 10m local entrepreneurs in India and Africa by 2030. http://www.massentrepreneurship.org/ Ravi is a former Chairman of the Bank of Baroda ; between 2015-18, he oversaw the turnaround of India's second largest public sector bank. As a board member then Co-Chairman of Infosys Ltd., he helped steer the company through a challenging set of transitions. Prior to this, as Chairman of Microsoft India, Ravi helped build India into Microsoft's second-largest presence in the world. He was previously the Chairman of Cummins India and led its transformation into India's leading provider of engines and power generation solutions. Ravi has served on the boards of Harvard Business School, AB Volvo, Bunge and Thermax and is a Trustee of Rockefeller Foundation. Ravi is the founder of Social Venture Partners India, a pan-India network of philanthropists and is a partner at impact investor Unitus Ventures. He was instrumental in creating Microsoft India's Project Shiksha, a computer literacy program which has so far trained over 40 million school children in India. He also helped establish the Cummins College of Engineering, India's first engineering college for women, in Pune. Ravi has a BTech from IIT Bombay, an MS from Purdue University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. He is a recipient of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay's Distinguished Alumnus Award and Purdue University's Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award. He is the author of an acclaimed book "Conquering the Chaos: Win in India, Win Everywhere" published by Harvard Business Review. Ravi was voted as one of India's best management thinkers by Thinkers50 and is one of Linkedin's Global Influencers.

Richard D. Parsons - CEO, Chairman

Job Titles:
  • CEO
  • Chairman of the Board
  • Board Chair, Agnes Binagwaho Vice
  • Senior Advisor of Providence Equity Partners LLC
  • Time Warner As Its President
Richard D. Parsons joined The Rockefeller Foundation Board of Trustees in 2008. He became Board Chair in June 2016. Mr. Parsons is the Senior Advisor of Providence Equity Partners LLC. He served as Chairman of the Board of Citigroup Inc. until May 2012. Before taking the helm at the financial giant, Mr. Parson's served as Chairman of the Board of Time Warner, from May 2003 to January 2009. From May 2002 to December 2007, he served as Time Warner's Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Mr. Parsons led Time Warner's turnaround and set the company on a solid path toward achieving sustainable growth. In its January 2005 report on America's Best CEOs, Institutional Investor magazine named Mr. Parsons the top CEO in the entertainment industry. Before becoming Time Warner's CEO, Mr. Parsons served as the company's Co-Chief Operating Officer, overseeing its content businesses-Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, Warner Music Group and Time Warner Book Group-as well as two key corporate functions: Legal and People Development. Mr. Parsons joined Time Warner as its President in February 1995, and had been a member of the company's Board of Directors since January 1991. As President, he oversaw the company's filmed entertainment and music businesses, and all corporate staff functions, including financial activities, legal affairs, public affairs and administration. Before joining Time Warner, Mr. Parsons was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dime Bancorp, Inc., one of the largest thrift institutions in the United States. Previously, he was the managing partner of the New York law firm Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler. Prior to that, he held various positions in state and federal government, as counsel for Nelson Rockefeller and as a senior White House aide under President Gerald Ford. Mr. Parsons received his undergraduate education at the University of Hawaii and his legal training at Union University's Albany Law School. Mr. Parsons' civic and nonprofit commitments include Co-Chairman of the Mayor's Commission on Economic Opportunity in New York; Chairman Emeritus of the Partnership for New York City; Chairman of the Apollo Theatre Foundation and service on the boards of The National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Teach for America. He also serves on the board of Estée Lauder, Lazard, and Madison Square Garden. Richard D. Parsons Board Chair, Agnes Binagwaho Vice Chancellor, The University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda Mellody Hobson President, Ariel Investments Walter Isaacson Professor of History, Tulane University Donald Kaberuka Former President, African Development Bank Group Martin L. Leibowitz Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley Research Yifei Li Country Chair, Man Group China Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli Co-Founder, Sahel Consulting: Agriculture & Nutrition Ltd. Paul Polman Chair, International Chamber of Commerce and The B Team Sharon Percy Rockefeller President & CEO, WETA Dr. Rajiv J. Shah President, President's Office Adm. James Stavridis, USN, Ret Operating Executive, The Carlyle Group & Chair, Board of Counselors, McLarty Associates Patty Stonesifer Outgoing President and CEO, Martha's Table Ravi Venkatesan Special Representative for Young People & Innovation, UNICEF

Robin Bristow

Job Titles:
  • Executive Assistant

Roy Steiner - SVP

Job Titles:
  • Senior Vice President
  • Senior Vice President for the Food Initiative
Roy Steiner, PhD, is the Senior Vice President for the Food Initiative at The Rockefeller Foundation, where he leads a team focused on creating access to nourishing food for millions of people in the U.S. and around the world, supporting scientific advances in human nutrition and sustainable food production, and carrying forward the Foundation's enduring commitment to a sustainable Green Revolution in Africa. Roy comes to The Rockefeller Foundation from the Omidyar Network, where he served as Director of the Intellectual Capital team since 2015, focused on helping Omidyar achieve its strategic objectives at all levels including in the agriculture space. He dedicated nearly a decade of his career to leadership positions at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he was a founding member of the Agricultural Development initiative and was instrumental in working with The Rockefeller Foundation to develop the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, or AGRA. His work for Gates was central to the creation of Ethiopia's Agricultural Transformation Agency, or ATA, which helps accelerate the growth and transformation of Ethiopia's agriculture sector, and dozens of other partnerships that are critical to the fight against food insecurity around the world. Before the Gates Foundation, Roy spent eight years in Africa where he was founder and CEO of Cyberplex Africa, one of the largest web development and knowledge management companies in southern Africa. Early in his career, he was an original founder and managing director of Africa Online, which pioneered the delivery of Internet service in Zimbabwe. Additionally, he was a founding member of CH2MHill's Strategies Group and has consulted for McKinsey & Company in the areas of technology innovation, growth strategies and international development. Roy holds a PhD and a Master of Science in agricultural and biological engineering with minors in economics and international development from Cornell University, as well as two bachelor degrees in mechanical engineering and biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.