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.
Current Fellows Class (2019-2020)
Cara BerkowitzVice President,
Government Affairs & Policy
EmblemHealth Services LLC
New York Tri-State
Adrienne FilipovChief Human
Warburg Pincus LLC
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind,
Wharton & Garrison LLP
Linda ForishChief Operating Officer
Paulson & Co., Inc.
Mariana GaravagliaChief People Officer
Ashley S. GregoryPartner
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Emily D. JohnsonPartner
Rosen & Katz
David KestnbaumManaging Director
Matthew KetschkeSenior Vice President
Customer Energy Solutions
Con Edison, Inc.
Joshua KingVice President,
Intercontinental Exchange, Inc.
Justin LambertChief Operating Officer
32 Advisors, LLC
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Sam MandelSenior Vice President
Sarah McAvoyExecutive Vice President and Treasurer CIT Group Inc.
Star McDadeVice President
& Portfolio General Auditor
American Express Company
Heather L. NeslePresident
New York Life Foundation
and Vice President
New York Life Insurance Company
Andrea NewbornExecutive Vice President,
General Counsel, and
ABM Industries Inc.
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Daniel OsnossSenior Managing Director
Jeanny PakManaging Director
Jane RheeExecutive Director
for Global Affairs
The Estée Lauder
Michelle SartainFINPRO Practice Leader
Deborah SnyderManaging Director
Accenture Health & Public Service
Jennifer StrybelSenior Executive
& Chief Operating Officer
HSBC Bank USA
Alicia TillmanGlobal Chief
Dina TraugotVice President,
Group General Counsel
The Travelers Companies, Inc.
Heather ZieglerStamford Managing Partner