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.

2019 Class with State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli

2019 Class with State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli

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.

Current Fellows Class (2019-2020)

  • Cara Berkowitz
    Vice President,
    Government Affairs & Policy
    EmblemHealth Services LLC
  • Toby Dodd
    New York Tri-State
  • Adrienne Filipov
    Chief Human
    Resources Officer
    Warburg Pincus LLC
  • Harris Fischman
    Paul, Weiss, Rifkind,
    Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Linda Forish
    Chief Operating Officer
    Paulson & Co., Inc.
  • Mariana Garavaglia
    Chief People Officer
  • Ashley S. Gregory
    Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Emily D. Johnson
    Wachtell, Lipton,
    Rosen & Katz
  • David Kestnbaum
    Managing Director
  • Matthew Ketschke
    Senior Vice President
    Customer Energy Solutions
    Con Edison, Inc.
  • Joshua King
    Vice President,
    Intercontinental Exchange, Inc.
  • Justin Lambert
    Chief Operating Officer
    Nomad Health
  • Nirel Levi
    32 Advisors, LLC
  • Doreen Lilienfeld
    Shearman & Sterling LLP
  • Sam Mandel
    Senior Vice President
  • Sarah McAvoy
    Executive Vice President and Treasurer CIT Group Inc.
  • Star McDade
    Vice President
    & Portfolio General Auditor
    American Express Company
  • Heather L. Nesle
    New York Life Foundation
    and Vice President
    New York Life Insurance Company
  • Andrea Newborn
    Executive Vice President,
    General Counsel, and
    Corporate Secretary
    ABM Industries Inc.
  • Maeve O’Connor
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • Daniel Osnoss
    Senior Managing Director
    Centerbridge Partners
  • Jeanny Pak
    Managing Director
  • Jane Rhee
    Executive Director
    for Global Affairs
    The Estée Lauder
    Companies, Inc.
  • Michelle Sartain
    FINPRO Practice Leader
  • Brad Silver
    PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
  • Deborah Snyder
    Managing Director
    Accenture Health & Public Service
  • Jennifer Strybel
    Senior Executive
    Vice President
    & Chief Operating Officer
    HSBC Bank USA
  • Alicia Tillman
    Global Chief
    Marketing Officer
  • Dina Traugot
    Vice President,
    Group General Counsel
    The Travelers Companies, Inc.
  • Heather Ziegler
    Stamford Managing Partner