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.

Program Objectives

  • 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

Fellowship Experience

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

Fellows Are:

  • 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

Nomination Timeline:

  • 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 (2017–2018)

Learn More About the Current Class

  • Emma Bailey
    Managing Director-Legal
    Barclays PLC
  • Khary Barnes
    Vice President, Global Corporate Payments
    American Express Company
  • Kate Bicknell
    Senior Vice President, Commercial & Residential Development
    Forest City New York
  • Jonathon Blackwell
    Director
    SL Green Realty Corp.
  • Jennifer Breithaupt
    Global Consumer Chief Marketing Officer
    Citi
  • Melissa Carmichael
    Senior Managing Director
    Aon
  • Sarah Chen
    Assistant Vice President & Senior Counsel
    The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
  • Julia Czarniak
    Partner
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Neil Dhar
    Partner - Head of Financial Services
    PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
  • Heather Dietrick
    President & Publisher
    The Daily Beast, IAC
  • Steven Glenn
    Chief Financial Officer
    Warburg Pincus LLC
  • Jared Hendricks
    Senior Managing Director
    Centerbridge Partners
  • Anna Klein
    Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs
    The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.
  • Andrew Komaroff
    Chief Operating Officer
    Neuberger Berman Group LLC
  • Deepak Krishnamurthy
    Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
    SAP
  • Diane Kurtzman
    Vice President, Human Resources - International & Corporate Groups
    The Travelers Companies, Inc.
  • Laurie Ledford
    Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
    Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.
  • Edward Lee
    Partner
    Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
  • Paula Madoff
    Advisory Director
    Goldman Sachs & Co.
  • Jeffrey Mandel
    Managing Director, Acquisitions, United States & New York,
    Tishman Speyer
  • Jillian McCarthy
    Managing Director, Global Head of Financial Planning and Analysis
    Perella Weinberg Partners
  • Kathleen McCarthy
    Senior Managing Director
    Blackstone
  • Jordan Murray
    Partner
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • Louise Pennington
    Executive Vice President
    Willis Towers Watson PLC
  • Gina Proia
    Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
    CIT Group Inc.
  • Keith Rooney
    Director, Community & Customer Management Downstate New York
    National Grid
  • Adam Rosman
    Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
    First Data Corporation
  • Sherif Sakr
    Partner
    Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Robert Sanchez
    Senior Vice President, Corporate Shared Services
    Con Edison, Inc.
  • Pablo Sanchez
    Head of Retail Banking and Wealth Management, USA and Canada
    HSBC Bank USA
  • Raj Seshadri
    President, U.S. Issuers, North America
    Mastercard
  • Manan Shah
    Partner
    Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
  • Joan Steinberg
    Managing Director, Global Head of Philanthropy
    Morgan Stanley
  • Matthew Stopnik
    Co-Head of U.S. Financial Sponsors
    RBC Capital Markets, LLC
  • Andrew Topen
    Vice President, Global Media Relations & Digital Communications
    Pfizer Inc.

Alumni Network

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.