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 (2017–2018)
Emma BaileyManaging Director-Legal
Khary BarnesVice President, Global Corporate Payments
American Express Company
Kate BicknellSenior Vice President, Commercial & Residential Development
Forest City New York
SL Green Realty Corp.
Jennifer BreithauptGlobal Consumer Chief Marketing Officer
Melissa CarmichaelSenior Managing Director
Sarah ChenAssistant Vice President & Senior Counsel
The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Neil DharPartner - Head of Financial Services
Heather DietrickPresident & Publisher
The Daily Beast, IAC
Steven GlennChief Financial Officer
Warburg Pincus LLC
Jared HendricksSenior Managing Director
Anna KleinVice President, Global Corporate Affairs
The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.
Andrew KomaroffChief Operating Officer
Neuberger Berman Group LLC
Deepak KrishnamurthyExecutive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
Diane KurtzmanVice President, Human Resources - International & Corporate Groups
The Travelers Companies, Inc.
Laurie LedfordSenior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Paula MadoffAdvisory Director
Goldman Sachs & Co.
Jeffrey MandelManaging Director, Acquisitions, United States & New York,
Jillian McCarthyManaging Director, Global Head of Financial Planning and Analysis
Perella Weinberg Partners
Kathleen McCarthySenior Managing Director
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Louise PenningtonExecutive Vice President
Willis Towers Watson PLC
Gina ProiaExecutive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
CIT Group Inc.
Keith RooneyDirector, Community & Customer Management Downstate New York
Adam RosmanExecutive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
First Data Corporation
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Robert SanchezSenior Vice President, Corporate Shared Services
Con Edison, Inc.
Pablo SanchezHead of Retail Banking and Wealth Management, USA and Canada
HSBC Bank USA
Raj SeshadriPresident, U.S. Issuers, North America
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
Joan SteinbergManaging Director, Global Head of Philanthropy
Matthew StopnikCo-Head of U.S. Financial Sponsors
RBC Capital Markets, LLC
Andrew TopenVice President, Global Media Relations & Digital Communications
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.