PARTNERSHIP FOR NEW YORK CITY
New York, New York
October 2, 2012
The Partnership for New York City today announced the selection of 19 senior business executives as David Rockefeller Fellows for 2012-13. During the next year, the Fellows will learn how New York City works from top leaders in government, labor and the private sector. At the end of the program, the Fellows will join a cadre of business leaders who are committed to following David Rockefeller’s model of corporate civic engagement.
Since its inception in 1989, more than 300 executives have completed the program, including many who have gone on to serve in the public and nonprofit sectors. Alumni include City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan; New York City Housing Authority Chairman John Rhea; Doris Duke Charitable Foundation President Edward Henry; University of Pennsylvania School of Design Dean Marilyn Jordan Taylor; and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Peggi Einhorn.
Through the program, Fellows learn firsthand how the city is run from heads of agencies, major companies and nonprofit organizations. They visit Rikers Island with the Department of Correction Commissioner; the World Trade Center construction site with the head of the Port Authority; the MTA Command Center; and the Con Edison Energy Control Center. They hear cases with family court judges at Manhattan Family Court and visit schools in economically distressed communities.
“Our founding chairman, David Rockefeller, was a firm believer in the value of civic participation among New York City’s business leaders,” said Kathryn Wylde, President & CEO of the Partnership for New York City. “The innovation and pro-growth policies that the business community brings to the table are critical for New York’s future as a leading global city. I can’t wait to see the contributions that these 19 senior executives will ultimately make.”
(Biographical information on David Rockefeller Fellows attached)
The Partnership for New York City’s (www.pfnyc.org) mission is to engage the business community in efforts to advance the economy of New York City and maintain the city’s position as the center of world commerce, finance and innovation. Through the Partnership Fund for New York City, the Partnership contributes directly to projects that create jobs, improve economically distressed communities and stimulate new business creation.