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 (2016-2017)

Learn More About the Current Class

  • Tracy Benard Landau
    National Managing Partner, Advisory
  • Sofia Chang
    Executive Vice President,
    Worldwide Digital Distribution
    and Home Entertainment
    Home Box Office, Inc.
  • David Cheikin
    Executive Vice President
    Brookfield Property Partners
  • Catherine Cook
    Executive Vice President,
    Human Resources & Labor Relations
  • Sheila Dharmarajan
    Head of Business Development
    and Investor Relations
  • Nancy Elder
    Vice President, Communications
    JetBlue Airways Corporation
  • Joshua Empson
    Managing Director
    Providence Equity Partners
  • Keith Endersen
    Regional Vice President,
    Middle Market Banking
    Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
  • Steven Epstein
    Fried, Frank, Harris,
    Shriver & Jacobson LLP
  • Michael Gordon
    Chief Financial Officer
    MongoDB, Inc.
  • Sarah Hlavinka McConnell
    Executive Vice President,
    General Counsel & Secretary
    ABM Industries Inc.
  • Sophia Hudson
    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
  • Angie Klein
    Vice President, Consumer Distribution
    Verizon Communications, Inc.
  • Timothy G. Lyons
    Managing Director
    Citigroup Inc.
  • Lynn McMahon
    Managing Director - New York Metro
  • Peter Mintzberg
    Chief Strategy Officer
    OppenheimerFunds, Inc.
  • Nadine Mirchandani
    Partner, Americas Transaction
    Leader for the Financial Services Organization
    Ernst & Young LLP
  • Jeremy I. Moss
    Executive Vice President
    Silverstein Properties, Inc.
  • Elizabeth Prewitt
    Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
  • David Stafford
    Senior Vice President
    and General Counsel
    McGraw-Hill Education, Inc.
  • Jane Veeder
    Senior Vice President,
    Head of Integrated Risk
    Zurich Insurance Group Ltd
  • Sharon Yeshaya
    Managing Director,
    Head of Investor Relations
    Morgan Stanley
  • David Zussman
    Vice President
    The Related Companies, L.P.

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.