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.
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
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.