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.

Program Objectives

Since 1988, the David Rockefeller Fellows Program has been preparing 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

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.

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Current Fellows Class (2022)

Mary Armstrong

Managing Director

General Atlantic LLC

Christopher Balestra

President & CIO

Taconic Investment Partners LLC

Lisa Banker

Principal, Strategy & Transaction’s Life Sciences Market Leader

Ernst & Young LLP

Amber Banks


Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Dean Bell



William Braverman

General Counsel - Asset Management

Neuberger Berman Group LLC

Kristen Chang Winckler


Ropes & Gray LLP

Dan Charney



Christina Chiu

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Empire State Realty Trust

Elizabeth Cooper


Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Phil DeCicco, Jr.

Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, New York

National Grid

Daniel Egan

Managing Director, Head of Real Estate ESG for the Americas


Padma Elmgart

Chief Technology Officer

Global Atlantic Financial Company

Stacey Feder

Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer for Hudson Yards

The Related Companies, L.P.

Gwen Foster

Managing Director, Investments - Private Placements

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

Andrew Gelb

Executive Vice President, Head of Issuer Solutions


Rose Marie Glazer

Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer

American International Group, Inc.

Meaghan Gragg


Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

Jordan Halpern-Leistner


Silver Lake

David Himmel

Managing Director, COO

Jamestown Properties LLC

David Howard

General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Directors

Tapestry, Inc.

Vanessa Jackson


Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Heather Kahn

Vice President, Leasing

Boston Properties

Jason Kaufman

Managing Director, Head of Fund Management

Silverstein Properties, Inc.

Dohyun Kim


Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Nyron Latif

Head of Wealth & Investment Management Operations

Wells Fargo & Company

Harrison Lung

Partner, Value Creation

Siris Capital Group, LLC

Yolanda Lyle

Vice President, Exec Operations/Chief of Staff

Pfizer Inc.

Natalie Mayslich

General Manager, Consumer & Enterprise, Care.com


Chris McCartin

Managing Director, Design and Construction

Tishman Speyer

Patrick Michel


Sidley Austin LLP

Alma Rosa Montanez

Vice President, Chief Corporate Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary

S&P Global

Abigail Nintzel

Chief of Staff

Revlon, Inc.

Shawn Outler

Executive Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer

Macy’s, Inc.

Margo Pilic

Chief of Staff to CEO


Lisa Reifer

Head of Finance & Treasury

JetBlue Airways Corporation

Ana Rua

Government Affairs Manager, NY City & State

Crown Castle

Robert Stone

Head of Sales, Alternative & Traditional Assets

SS&C Technologies, Inc.

Yael Taqqu

Senior Partner; Managing Partner NY

McKinsey & Company, Inc.

LaKia Williams

Director, Community Impact and Investment

Capital One

Julia Yun Zhang

Managing Director and Treasurer