David Rockefeller Fellows
Providing business leaders with a unique opportunity to better understand New York City and take a more active role in shaping the city’s future.
The David Rockefeller Fellows Program prepares senior corporate executives for more active leadership in civic and public affairs, following the model of the Partnership’s founding chairman.
- Enhance business and civic leadership skills
- Facilitate access to the knowledge and networks necessary to forge effective public-private partnerships
- Establish relationships between leaders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors
- Develop an alumni network that will support the Partnership’s policy and program objectives
During the 12-month program, fellows meet with leaders in the public and private sectors through a series of meetings, site visits and tours that are held two to three times per month.
public sector leaders
Meet with key government officials and heads of important nonprofit institutions to learn about their work and the issues they are dealing with. Participants gain a new appreciation for the complexity and challenges of managing public agencies. They hear about issues from many perspectives—legislators, labor leaders, journalists, civic activists and academics.
Private Sector Leaders
Meet in intimate settings with global business leaders, who share their insights on industry trends, management practices, and the value of civic engagement.
Attend Site Visits
Gain a first-hand view of the city’s nerve centers, including the Command Centers of the NYC Police Department, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Con Edison. There are insider tours of the World Trade Center; Rikers Island Correctional Facility; public high schools and charter schools; Manhattan Family Court; and several arts and cultural institutions.
Selection Criteria and Nomination Process
- Nominated by CEO member of the Partnership
- Rising stars in business and potential future CEOs
- Engaged in the life of their community
- Representative of the diversity of New York City’s business community
- The nomination process begins annually in May
- Interviews are conducted in July
- New Fellows are selected in July, and notified mid- to late August
- Program year begins in October
Current Fellows Class (2016-2017)
Tracy BenardNational Managing Partner, Advisory
Sofia ChangExecutive Vice President,
Worldwide Digital Distribution
and Home Entertainment
Home Box Office, Inc.
David CheikinExecutive Vice President
Brookfield Property Partners
Catherine CookExecutive Vice President,
Human Resources & Labor Relations
Sheila DharmarajanHead of Business Development
and Investor Relations
Nancy ElderVice President, Communications
JetBlue Airways Corporation
Joshua EmpsonManaging Director
Providence Equity Partners
Keith EndersenRegional Vice President,
Middle Market Banking
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Fried, Frank, Harris,
Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Michael GordonChief Financial Officer
Sarah Hlavinka McConnellExecutive Vice President,
General Counsel & Secretary
ABM Industries Inc.
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Angie KleinVice President, Consumer Distribution
Verizon Communications, Inc.
Timothy G. LyonsManaging Director
Lynn McMahonManaging Director - New York Metro
Peter MintzbergChief Strategy Officer
Nadine MirchandaniPartner, Americas Transaction
Leader for the Financial Services Organization
Ernst & Young LLP
Jeremy I. MossExecutive Vice President
Silverstein Properties, Inc.
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
David StaffordSenior Vice President
and General Counsel
McGraw-Hill Education, Inc.
Jane VeederSenior Vice President,
Head of Integrated Risk
Zurich Insurance Group Ltd
Sharon YeshayaManaging Director,
Head of Investor Relations
David ZussmanVice President
The Related Companies, L.P.
The David Rockefeller Fellows Program Alumni Group is a staple of the program. The alumni are responsible for maintaining the network and helping to promote the Program to potential Fellows.